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Hemorrhoids – Risk Factors

May 31, 2021
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As you age, the tissues that support the veins and your rectum and anus often stretch and weaken, increasing your risk of developing hemorrhoids later in life. However, hemorrhoids can also develop earlier in life due to certain lifestyle factors that increase your risk. Constipation often causes a person to excessively strain during an attempted bowel movement, which can exacerbate hemorrhoids. Intaking both an adequate amount of water and fiber is important to prevent constipation. Generally eight ounce glasses of water with a 20 to 34 gram fiber per day diet is recommended. Physical activity and exercise are also recommended to prevent constipation. It is also important to note that hemorrhoids can also result from an anal injury such as during anal sex. The risk of hemorrhoids can also increase as a result of specific medical causes. For instance, if you are obese, the extra weight can place increased strain on your pelvic floor muscles, increasing the risk of developing hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are also a common occurrence during pregnancy. Typically during the third trimester, this is mainly caused by the baby's weight putting pressure on the anal region and straining the veins around your anus and rectum. Also, the hormonal changes that your body will go through during pregnancy may cause your blood vessels to swell excessively. Another cause of hemorrhoid development may come at the end of pregnancy, especially during labor. The excessive straining needed during contractions may cause hemorrhoids that develop after you have delivered the baby.

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