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Date:5/28/2009

two-thirds of females (63%) and 55% of males say it's embarrassing to discuss constipation with others.

But Wanting to Take Action

"While we know that most Americans suffer from constipation at some time in their life, we are encouraged to learn that the survey respondents believe the condition is something they should address," states Charlene Bailey, Director, Product Management, Purdue Products L.P. "Seventy eight (78%) of consumers said it's important to manage their digestive health. But, these folks are not getting the help they need, which is a shame, as there are treatment options that are very effective, convenient and can help people get comfortable relief."

No Straining Necessary...There is Help

Survey respondents recognize the signs of constipation: More than three in five adults (64%) believe straining is a sign of occasional constipation, with females (70%) significantly more likely than males (55%) providing this response. Overall, females (92%) and constipation sufferers (97%) are significantly more likely than males (83%) and non-sufferers (75%) to know one or more signs of constipation.

According to Milton Stokes, MPH, RD, CDN, "In these cases, I recommend the comfortable relief of a stool softener, such as Colace(R) Capsules, which can be used to treat occasional constipation that may be associated with certain medical conditions."

We are a Constipation Nation

Constipation also can be caused by everyday stress, travel, overall poor dietary habits and lack of exercise. "Despite attempts to eat a diet rich in fiber and maintain a lifestyle that reduces the likelihood of constipation, these efforts often aren't enough," explains Stokes.

Eighty six percent of adults surveyed claim they try to reduce stress in their personal and professional lives, including eating a balanced diet (70% of males and 75%
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