Haemorrhoids are swollen veins in the anus and lower rectum. Nearly three out of four will have haemorrhoids from time to time. There are many different reasons people develop Haemorrhoids and no one specific event will lead to the certainty of Haemorrhoids forming, however there are many different factors which can greatly increase the risk.
Obesity can be the cause of many illnesses including Type 2 Diabetes and Heart Disease. Excess fat around the gut and abdomen place pressure on organs in the pelvic area which can greatly increase pressure inside the veins around the anus and rectal area, leading to the formation of haemorrhoids.
While not a cause of haemorrhoids, the risk of them forming does increase as you get older. Over time the cells in the human body naturally weaken, this affects all areas of the body and the veins which run along the rectal area can swell as this happens, leading to piles. While there is no activity which can definitively rule out the possible formation of haemorrhoids, eating healthily and exercising can lessen the chance of getting them.
During pregnancy the female body undergoes extreme changes, both physical and hormonal, which increase the chance of getting haemorrhoids. The extra weight in the abdomen applies pressure to the organs below. In turn this increases pressure in the veins around the pelvic and rectal area. These haemorrhoids do seem to improve soon after giving birth, but are still equally as unpleasant as any other types.
People who suffer with chronic diarrhoea or constipation are also at risk of having piles. This is due to the pressure that is placed on the anus. Both diarrhoea and constipation cause unpleasant bowel movements which lead to a person straining when trying to pass stool. This straining has a big effect on the veins in the rectum as it increases the pressure in short bursts, which can damage these veins. The best thing to do when you are suffering from either diarrhoea or constipation is to avoid any straining where possible whilst on the loo.
While it may not be commonly associated with being genetic, piles can run in the family. This is as the strength of a human’s rectal lining can differ greatly from person to person. If your parents both have a weak rectal lining you will be far more likely to be the same and vice versa.
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