Prevention of Hemorrhoids
The three basics that may reduce hemorrhoids symptoms are:
- Adequate water intake (a minimum of six glasses a day)
- Adequate fiber in the diet
What Causes Hemorrhoids?
Constipation. One of the top causes of hemorrhoids is constipation. Straining puts greater pressure on these veins.
Pregnancy. Hemorrhoids are a common problem caused by hormonal changes and increased pressure by the growing fetus, which forces the veins to work harder to pump blood.
Chronic venous insufficiency. Hemorrhoids can be a sign of general weakness in the veins. Contributing factors are standing or sitting for long periods, being overweight, not exercising enough, and smoking.
Inflammatory bowel disease. Ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease may be the underlying cause of hemorrhoids.
Portal hypertension. Increased pressure within the portal vein blood from the intestines to the liver. A condition called liver cirrhosis is the most common cause.
Aging. Starting in the thirties, there is a progressive weakening of the support structures in the area.
A thorough evaluation and proper diagnosis by the doctor is important any time bleeding from the rectum or blood in the stool occurs. Bleeding may also be a symptom of other digestive diseases, including colorectal cancer.
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