- It consists of crossing one leg over the lap with the foot resting on the opposite thigh.
- There is a link between colorectal cancer and constipation, but the evidence is conflicting
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Changing the way you poop could reduce your risk of contracting a variety of health problems, from anal fissures to urinary problems and even colorectal cancer.
A kidney doctor from Singapore took to TikTok to demonstrate a guaranteed way to relieve constipation: defecating in a specific position.
It consists of crossing one leg over your lap, resting your foot on the opposite thigh, and turning your torso to face the back of the toilet.
Singapore-native Dr. Daria Sadovskaya posted her video in the spring and it has since garnered more than 26 million views, with many saying the revised sitting position has been extremely effective in helping relieve constipation.
The 29-year-old nephrologist told millions that the revised position “will help you defecate quickly.”
Constipation is more than just uncomfortable and sometimes painful. Some studies have shown links between the common condition that affects about four million Americans and a higher chance of being diagnosed with colorectal cancer.
Constipation affects about four million Americans and leads to a higher chance of being diagnosed with colorectal cancer.
Constipation is quite common and leads to infrequent and uncomfortable bowel movements.
Links between constipation and colorectal cancer (CRC) have been discovered, but the conclusions are conflicting.
A 2003 report in the American Journal of Gastroenterology They found that constipation, defined as fewer than three bowel movements per week, was associated with a greater than twofold risk of colon cancer.
A separate report from 2012 in the same diary found that the risk of developing CRC was 1.78 times higher in patients with chronic constipation and the risk of developing benign tumors was 2.7 times higher.
Another 2022 study in the magazine. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology They reported a 10 percent greater chance of developing colorectal cancer associated with constipation.
However, that link disappeared compared to siblings of study subjects who also had constipation but had not been diagnosed with CRC, suggesting that part of the association could be caused by hereditary factors.
In addition to causing physical pain, chronic constipation can harm a person’s mental health.
A 2011 study A study by Iranian researchers found that people with frequent constipation had a higher risk of anxiety and depression.
Commenters on Dr. Sadovskaya’s video appreciated the helpful advice. One person said: ‘I’m pooping (right now) and it worked, bless (your) soul.’
Another person said: ‘I’m pooping right now and it works.’
Chronic constipation has a number of potential causes, including a deficit of dietary fiber, a diet consisting mainly of processed foods, dairy, sugar and fats, lack of exercise, drinking too much alcohol or caffeine, and ignoring the need to go to the bathroom. bathroom.
One way to combat chronic constipation is to change your diet. Nutritionists recommend eating between 25 and 35 grams of fiber per day.
Eating whole foods, such as vegetables and fruits, has also been shown to decrease constipation.
Doctors recommend avoiding frequent use of laxatives, which help in the short term but can cause dehydration and reduce the body’s electrolyte balance, as well as worsen constipation in the long term.