Here are a few facts about hemorrhoids that will help us understand the condition better:
There are two types of hemorrhoids: internal and external. The former develops in the lower rectal region and may protrude through the anus, while the latter develops just under the skin around the anus.
According to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC), about 75 per cent of people will suffer from hemorrhoids at some point in their lives. In the US, as of now, there are over 10 million people diagnosed with hemorrhoids and there are 1 million new cases added every year in the country.
Among those people, 12.8 per cent have internal hemorrhoids and over 10 per cent need surgical treatment. As this is not regarded to be a life-threatening illness, most people do not report it to doctors or get treatment.
Around 50 per cent have this condition before they are 50 and there are greater chances of developing hemorrhoids as you get older. Women are at a greater risk of suffering from hemorrhoids after the age of 45: This illness affects 25 per cent of women, as opposed to 15 per cent of men.
Women mostly have this condition during pregnancy because the increasing size of their belly puts a lot of pressure in the rectal region. Moreover, the pregnancy hormones cause elevated blood movement to the anal region, which gets worse during labour, when the mother has to strain the region causing inflammation of blood vessels.
Overweight people are also at risk of developing hemorrhoids because their weight puts a lot of strain on the pelvic and rectal region of the body. Although exercise is good for you, lifting very heavy weights causes you to hold your breath, which puts pressure on the rectal muscles that may lead to hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoids can get worse if you do not drink enough water, and by consuming alcohol or coffee you are increasing the amount of diuretics in your body that makes it lose water quickly. This makes the stool dry and causes pain.
The best way to prevent this condition is to consume a fiber-rich diet including fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans etc, and avoid eating a lot of meat, cheese and white bread that can make the stool hard and lead to more pressure in the anus.
A sedentary lifestyle can be bad for you and so you must not sit or stand for long periods and move around as much as possible. Using an anti-hemorrhoids cream, a stool softener or sitting in a tub of warm water will make things a little easier but if the condition persists, it is better if you see a doctor as surgery may be required.
Knowing these facts about hemorrhoids will not only help you recognize the symptoms but also give you an idea of how to prevent the development of this condition in the future.
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