Abbott, a leading healthcare company found that 14 percent of people living in urban India suffer from chronic constipation. Over 10 percent of people suffer from chronic constipation worldwide.
Chronic constipation increases with age. Around 20 percent (2 out of 10) of people between the age of 45 to 65 years suffer from chronic constipation, against overall average by 14 percent.
The survey shows that 65 percent of the people with chronic constipation did not pass motion for three or more consecutive days. Chronic constipation is strongly linked to food habits and lifestyle.
The survey was conducted in six cities across India, by Abbott in partnership with IPSOS India. The survey revealed that about 80 percent of the people with chronic constipation looked for a solution only after they faced the issue multiple times.
The incidence of chronic constipation is found to be high in Mumbai and Coimbatore, where almost every two out of 10 people suffer from chronic constipation.
The survey also found that the incidence is 13 percent in Delhi and Kolkata and comparatively low in Hyderabad and Lucknow.
Abbott Gut-Health Survey with IPSOS spoke to over 3,500 people to determine the incidence of chronic constipation and with 1,015 people living with chronic constipation to determine the causes and impact of chronic constipation on urban Indians.
Chronic constipation is defined as infrequent bowel movements for more than three times a week. Other symptoms are hard stools, the need to strain very hard to pass motions, feeling of incomplete evacuation or a feeling of bowel obstruction.