What are the race-related demographics of constipation?

Updated: Jul 05, 2019
  • Author: Marc D Basson, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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In the United States, the prevalence of constipation is 30% higher among nonwhite populations than among white populations. [10] Both self-reported constipation and constipation requiring admission to a hospital are more frequent in black people than in white people.

Whereas constipation is less common in Asians, it is more frequent in those who adopt a Western diet.

In contrast, constipation is less frequent among black Africans than white Africans, further suggesting that diet and other environmental factors play an important role.


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