GI Expert Dr. Jack DiPalma discusses the common problem of constipation and new information on treatments and how people can feel better. Although some people may be uncomfortable talking about it, constipation is a common gastrointestinal complaint, affecting more than 65 million Americans. To put this into perspective, about twice as many people are affected by constipation versus those that suffer from seasonal allergies. Constipation can affect anyone. However, more than twice as many women as men suffer from constipation. The condition also becomes more common as people age. The treatment of constipation includes dietary and lifestyle changes and laxatives. Dietary and lifestyle changes include adding more fiber to the diet, increasing activity, and drinking more water. Laxative treatment may be used; however, not all laxatives are the same. Some laxatives may cause uncomfortable cramps. Good News for Constipation Sufferers: This month, a new, innovative option will make its mark in treating occasional constipation. The number one doctor-prescribed laxative MiraLAX is the newest over-the-counter (OTC) constipation product in 30 years. It brings the body back to its natural rhythm by using the bodys own water to gently increase the frequency of bowel movements and to soften the stool so it is easier to pass without causing the side effects of cramps and gas. The Uncomfortable Facts: Ģ More than just an uncomfortable condition, constipation is a widespread health issue for women with potentially greater implications including psychological distress and impact on quality of life. Ģ Despite Americans spending $725 million on laxative products each year, constipation is still an often-overlooked health issue. Ģ In 2001, there were 5.7 million physician visits annually for constipation, a 128 percent jump from the combined number of visits between 1958 and 1986. Ģ Constipation was the primary listed reason for 17,000 hospitalizations with an average stay of nearly 5 days. For more information visit http://MiraLAX.com http://MiraLAX.com More About Dr. Jack DiPalma: Dr. Jack DiPalma is the immediate past president of the American College of Gastroenterology and director of the division of gastroenterology at University of South Alabama College of Medicine. Dr. DiPalma trained in medicine at New York Medical College , Valhalla , New York and did a residency in Internal Medicine at USAF Medical Center , Keesler, Biloxi , Mississippi . After completing his fellowship in gastroenterology at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio , Texas , he served on the teaching faculty. In 1987, Dr. Di Palma established the Division of Gastroenterology at the University of South Alabama which he still directs.