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aging of colon
Posted by: Debbie
Date: March 7, 2002 3:23 AM

Is it possible the colon can age prematurely from the stresses of many years of having a spastic/irritable bowel and result in chronic constipation and eventually a completely inactive colon? If so, is there any way to reverse such a result?



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RE: aging of colon
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: March 8, 2002 12:47 AM

Premature aging is an interesting concept. I doubt, in the strictest scientific sense, it can happen. Certainly if one abuses one's body it may well stop functioning as well as it otherwise would have, however the genetic information about how to function properly should still be there. Probably all of what one would think of as premature aging of the colon is actually caused by disease of the colon of one sort or another which can be cleared up if treated properly.



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