The Relationship Of Hypothyroid Disease With Constipation?
Why does hypothyroidism cause constipation?
Hello Andi Yuliana, Thank you for the question.
The thyroid gland functions to produce thyroid hormone (thyroxine) which plays a role in a number of body's metabolic processes. Hypothyroidism is a condition when thyroid hormone levels are lower in the blood. Without enough thyroid hormone, some body functions can slow down. Hypothyroidism slows down the work of the digestive tract which causes constipation. The digestive tract, including the small and large intestine, consists of muscle composition. This muscle contracts to move / move stool from the intestine to the rectum. Hypothyroidism can cause weakness of the contraction of these muscles so that the intestine moves slowly and feces can accumulate in the intestine, causing constipation.
Patients with hypothyroidism are advised to change lifestyles such as increasing water consumption, increasing consumption of fibrous foods, and exercising regularly to help bowel movements. Managing stress well can also help smooth bowel movements. In addition to modifying lifestyles, sufferers are also advised to undergo treatment for hypothyroidism with a specialist in internal medicine because if the cause is not treated then complaints can occur.
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