Get the Facts About What Causes Hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids result from an increase in pressure in the veins of the rectum, typically from too much straining. Common causes of hemorrhoids include:
- Pregnancy and childbirth
- Heavy lifting
- Long periods of sitting
While you can’t always prevent hemorrhoids, there are some things you can do to reduce your chances – especially for hemorrhoids caused by constipation.
To reduce your risk – including preventing new hemorrhoids from forming after you’ve had the CRH treatment – make sure you:
- Avoid high-fat, low-fiber foods. In Western countries, constipation is associated with diets low in fiber and high in fat.
- Drink seven or eight glasses of water a day.
- Add 15 grams of fiber to your diet (two tablespoons of natural oat or wheat bran). Metamucil, Benefiber, flax or other soluble fiber may be helpful as well. Ask Dr. Mark to recommend the specific type of fiber that is best suited for you based on your unique medical history.
- Do not sit longer than two minutes on the toilet. If you can’t have a bowel movement in that time, come back later. This two-minute rule can help keep you from straining during bowel movements without realizing it.
- During air travel, be sure to stay hydrated, avoid alcohol, eat fiber and walk around when you can.