All about Hemorrhoids and How to Prevent Them

No one likes to publicly admit that they have hemorrhoids. But, this problem affects more than fifty percent of United States citizens. When we get older, we are more likely to suffer from them, and the people who make the treatment for hemorrhoids are making a killing off of us. Even though it is embarrassing, hemorrhoids should not just be talked about in private. Two kinds of hemorrhoids exist and both of them will affect you in a different way. Hemorrhoids that are inside of your anus will usually only cause some bleeding, but those that are on the outside can cause discomfort, bleeding, itching, burning, and swelling.

There are a couple of factors that make you get hemroids. It is believed that sitting down in the bathroom can cause you to get hemorrhoids. In many countries around the world, people are standing up to use the bathroom. Many believe that using this type of gravity toilet is ultimately healthier and may help prevent hemorrhoids. Who knows for sure, but it’s unlikely this type of toilet will ever catch on in the US.

Genetics are thought to have a large role in whether a person develops hemorrhoids or not. A person may be predisposed to hemorrhoids because the veins in their anus are not strong. Since they are not typically heard of in the young, it is thought that increasing age affects the density of your anal muscles. When you age, your muscles become weaker, and the muscles in your anus are no exception. If they become too weak, the veins in your anus get weaker as well because they are very strained.
Another thing that may cause a person to develop hemorrhoids is not having enough fiber in their diet and being overweight. Women who are expecting are also at risk for developing hemorrhoids. While controlling or preventing hemorrhoids is not always possible, being aware of what causes them and their symptoms will help tremendously.

The FDA has set their recommendation at 25 grams of fiber a day for adults, but most people in the US are only eating about half this amount. Although there is no such thing as a hemorrhoid cure, fiber comes pretty close, so if you’re looking for a way to minimize your symptoms, diet is the best place to start.