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What might be the effects of ageing on the digestive system?

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Dr. Johnny Green
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Slows down: In the course of aging the process of moving food/stool through the intestine, particularly the colon, tends to slow down. This increases the problems of constipation so many older patients need to takes more active steps to avoid constipation. Stomach acid production can also reduce, making digestion a little less efficient.
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Last updated Sep 3, 2013

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