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Causes of Hemorrhoids

Causes of Hemorrhoids May Be
More Common Than You Think!

Hemorrhoids result from an increase in pressure in the veins of the rectum, typically from too much straining. Many people underestimate the commonality of several causes of hemorrhoids. Based on the list below, it may be a good idea to evaluate some simple lifestyle changes you can make to prevent these common causes of hemorrhoids.

Common causes of hemorrhoids include:

  • Diet
  • Pregnancy and Childbirth
  • Obesity
  • Heavy lifting
  • Long periods of sitting
  • Poor Posture
  • Diarrhea

Preventing hemorrhoids

While you can’t always prevent hemorrhoids, there are some things you can do to reduce your chances – especially for hemorrhoids caused by constipation.

To reduce your risk – including preventing new hemorrhoids from forming after you’ve had the CRH treatment – make sure you:


  • Avoid the common causes of hemorrhoids outlined above.
  • Avoid high-fat, low-fiber foods. In Western countries, constipation is associated with diets low in fiber and high in fat.
  • Drink seven or eight glasses of water a day.
  • Add 15 grams of fiber to your diet (two tablespoons of natural oat or wheat bran). Metamucil, Benefiber, flax or other soluble fiber may be helpful as well.
  • Do not sit longer than two minutes on the toilet. If you can’t have a bowel movement in that time, come back later. This two-minute rule can help keep you from straining during bowel movements without realizing it.
  • During air travel, be sure to stay hydrated, avoid alcohol, eat fiber and walk around when you can.


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