Long Term use of Fiber in diet can preserve bowel control


According to recent Research, the Women who ate lot of fiber in their diets may have a lower risk for problems with bowel control in their old age.

The bowel leakage or inability to control bowel movements is known as fecal incontinence. According to US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the fecal incontinence affects one out of six elders.

“It is quietly debilitating because of the stigma around the condition,” study leader Dr Kyle Staller of Harvard Medical School in Boston told Reuters Health by email. “Once affected, patients have few treatment options.”

Kyle Staller and his colleagues examined the association between long term diet which contains fiber and fecal incontinence risk among more than 58,000 old women in the Nurses Health Study. All of those women had filled out food frequency questionnaires at regular intervals between 1984 and 2006 and In 2008, none of them were fecal incontinent.

Women with the highest diet of fiber also had a 31 percent lower the risk of diarrhoea.

Vegetables and Whole Grains are the rich sources of dietary fiber.

The research can’t prove about the specific amount of fiber needed in diet to prevent fecal incontinence.The US Department of Health and Human Services recommends the use of 25 grams of fiber in routine diet.

According to the Researhers, prevalence of fecal incontinence is more likely to touch about 60 percent in old Women in United States by 2050.

“Many people do not know how prevalent it is and feel as if they are the only ones with the problem,” said Donna Bliss of the University of Minnesota School of Nursing in Minneapolis, who wasn’t part of this research.

“There is the idea among some people that fecal incontinence is an inevitable consequence of ageing,” Bliss told Reuters Health by email. “These findings suggest a way that people might prevent fecal incontinence and feel more of a sense of control over their health.”

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