Originally Posted by kevinla
I am 41 years old. Up until 6 months ago, I used to be regular.
My family does have have a history of constipation. Can it be genetic?
Could it be caused by stress?
It's possibly stress induced but more likely your fiber intake is too low and not drinking enough water. We all need to drink more water than we do. it's recommended that we should drink at least 64 oz. a day of water and get 25-30 grams of fiber daily.
Also, if we become too sedentary that slows that digestion process down. You may also might want to check out some of the side effects of any medications you may be taking on a regular basis because many prescription and over the counter drugs can cause constipation as a side effect and make constipation worse if the person already has constipation problems. Advil,Aleve, or pain medication usually causes constipation because it causes the digestion system to come to complete halt especially narcotics.
If you have a family history of constipation then you're going to become extra vigilant in keeping your bowels to move on a regular basis especially as you get older.