Who Gets Hemorrhoids?
It’s more common than you know.
Think only certain types of people get hemorrhoids? Think again—hemorrhoids will affect half of all people by the time they turn 50.
While most people get hemorrhoids after age 30, the truth is, they’re common amongst all kinds of people from all kinds of backgrounds—and you shouldn’t feel embarrassed or upset about telling a doctor if you think you have them.
Here are a few of the most common factors people talk to doctors about when they get hemorrhoids:
- Chronic constipation: A diet low in fiber and high in fat can be one cause of constipation. Other conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome can also result in constipation. Constipation causes you to strain excessively to pass a bowel movement, putting pressure on the veins in the anus and resulting in swelling. Not drinking enough water also can lead to constipation by not providing an adequate amount of fluid in the intestines, leading to hard stools.
- Chronic diarrhea: This might seem like the opposite problem, but chronic diarrhea can have the same result because it also increases pressure on the anus from frequent bowel movements.
- Pregnancy and childbirth: Increased pressure from the growing fetus and issues with constipation during pregnancy can cause you to develop hemorrhoids during pregnancy. Straining during childbirth can also cause hemorrhoids to develop.
- Obesity: People who are obese are more likely to get hemorrhoids because excessive weight puts pressure on the veins of the rectum and anus, which can lead to swelling and inflammation. In addition, people who are obese may be more likely to be sedentary or eat a diet that is too low in fiber.
- Sitting too long: Sitting all day, or for too long on the toilet, can increase the pressure on your veins and anus, sometimes causing hemorrhoids.
- Heavy lifting: Lifting heavy weights or other objects can also strain your anus, especially if done with improper form.
- Age: As you age, the tissues that support your veins can weaken or stretch causing the development of hemorrhoids.
As you can see, hemorrhoids can afflict all kinds of people – men and women, young and old. No matter what causes your hemorrhoids, you can get treatment. Find a hemorrhoid physician now for the most accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. To learn more, contact CRH today.