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Lets Talk about the Bowel Control Awareness Campaign

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Dr. Rodgers explains that bowel control problems are common and suggests people visit the Let's Talk about Bowel Control Awareness Campaign.


When you turn on the radio, there are some things you may not expect to hear about. Today, I’d like to talk about one of them—bowel ­control problems.

Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.

A bowel control problem is the inability to hold a bowel movement until you’ve reached the bathroom. Bowel control problems are common, and affect 1 out of every 12 people. So if you have this problem, you’re not alone.

The good news is that bowel control problems are

·         manageable

·         often treatable

·         and not always related to aging

NIDDK has a Let’s Talk about Bowel Control Awareness Campaign, which provides science-based information on the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of bowel control problems.

Our goal is to help improve the lives of people with this condition.

For more information about bowel control, follow us on Twitter @HealthyMoments. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.



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