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Flatulating in Elders (Farting)


People of all ages, not only seniors, will flatulate once in a while. However, it can be a big annoyance for senior people, due to not only the smell and sound, but it can be the sign of serious health issues. Farting is not a big worry, as long as there isn’t any weight loss, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, or diarrhea involved with it. Such symptoms can mean intestinal malabsorption which can be caused by various factors. Such factors include bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine, inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, giardia infection, chronic mesenteric ischemia, or irritable bowel syndrome. To take care of these problems, a medical checkup is needed by your family doctor. On a positive note however, excessive flatulence is caused by fixable factors, such as the following:




  1. Various Medication: Farting is a common side effect of many prescribed drugs, most of which are common. Such drugs include blood pressure control medicine, painkillers, and antibiotics. Before you take any medication, be sure to check the information on the label given, and if flatulence is a side effect, be sure to consult your doctor about switching to a different drug.
  2. Various Foods: Many foods just naturally cause flatulence if eating in large amounts, examples being broccoli, beans, brussel sprouts, grains, and other starchy products, due to their indigestible nature.
  3. Excess Swallowing of Air: When a senior has trouble chewing and swallowing food, large amounts of air can be swallowed, in which case this air would have to be released through Flatulating. This problem can be solved by simply making sure you are chewing food well, or having access to easy to chew foods when needed.
  4. Fructose Intolerance: Fruits, juices, pop, or other substances with large amounts of fructose can cause excessive gas.
  5. Low Rate of Digestion: As we age, our digestive process declines, which results in more gas, and constipation. To counteract this, eating more fiber-rich foods, as well as drinking more water will definitely help.

All these solutions have to do with changing your lifestyle or diet, which are almost the only ways you can do about flatulence. Some people believe probiotics can fix this problem as well, and it actually does help. However, the first step towards solving this problem as a whole must be to resort to dietary change, then resort to probiotics. But what are probiotics? These are good bacteria that are found in the colon. These are sometimes taken together with prebiotics, which are simply non-digestible foods that will encourage probiotic bacteria to grow and do their job must more effectively.

These alternate medical methods may be of use, but always remember that if the gas has symptoms that were mentioned at the start, such as weight loss, diarrhea, abdominal pains, etc, it is very important to visit a gastroenterologist and ask for their opinion on your condition. Not doing so could lead to more severe symptoms and conditions.

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