Q. Male cast/21yrs Having problem w/ bowels. Anything that can be added to food to soften and make it easier to 'go'?

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A. It is important first to investigate the underlying reasons, especially at this age. Kidney disease can cause low grade dehydration and harder stools whereas lack of gut motility and muscle weakness can make the bowel less efficient. A well balanced diet with moderate fibre levels and good water intake are the best starting points, a urine test and possibly x-rays for bowel shape may also help. High fibre supplements or laxatives may be required depending on the results of tests

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