What are hemorrhoids? Why do people develop this condition? Is there a cure for hemorrhoids? Believe it or not, hemorrhoids are very common due to a growing popularity of western diets and the lack of exercise. Hemorrhoids are characterized by clumps or masses that are found on the anal area and along the rectal canal. These masses are not just folds of skin, these are made up of blood vessels that can rupture and bleed on the slightest pressure.<br>
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It is estimated that three quarters of people living in the United States have hemorrhoids at some point in their lives. Along with diet and lack of exercise, here are some of the most popular factors that contribute to the development of hemorrhoids:<br>
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Chronic constipation - the longer stools stay in the colon, the drier they become. The only way to pass dry and hard stools is to strain very hard which can damage the small veins that are located in the anal area causing hemorrhoids. Dry stools can also cause friction on the anal canal resulting to slipping out of hemorrhoids that develop inside the rectal canal. Constipation also creates too much pressure on the rectal area which can contribute to the development of hemorrhoids and the aggravation of existing is thus recommended to increase fluid intake and fiber intake to prevent constipation.<br>
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Postponing bowel movement - work, chores, school and other activities may sometimes interfere with the natural call of the body to pass out stools. We may actively delay bowel movement causing pressure build up on the anal area and ultimately becomes a factor in the development of hemorrhoids.<br>
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Genetics - there are conditions like weak vein walls that may be genetically passed from one generation to another. Weakness of the walls of the veins found in the anal area may add to the development of hemorrhoids but is not sufficient to cause this condition on its own. A combination of other factors such as diet, lack of exercise or a sedentary lifestyle plus conditions of the vein walls may lead to getting hemorrhoids.<br>
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Pregnancy - women may sometimes ask "What are hemorrhoids?" after developing masses and lumps on the anal area during or after pregnancy. Pregnancy is the most common factor that predisposes women to develop hemorrhoids; the weight of the growing fetus applies pressure on the colon and hemorroides causas - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyHvkF0A0_s the rectal area causing this condition. During delivery, the mother strains as she passes the baby through the narrow birth canal adding pressure on the rectal and anal wall as well; the small veins tear and ultimately develop into hemorrhoids.<br>
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This is one of the reasons why women are advised to maintain their weight during pregnancy. Overeating and indulging in eating too much can lead to being overweight, increasing the size of the fetus as well and may also lead to the development of hypertension during pregnancy.<br>
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What are hemorrhoids then? Can these be prevented? Absolutely! With a healthy diet, drinking more fluids, maintaining an active lifestyle, regular bowel movements and regular consult with your doctor can ultimately reduce the risks of developing hemorrhoids.

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