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Hemorrhoid Causes

Hemorrhoids are caused by too much pressure put on the veins in the lower rectal area.

The most common cause of hemorrhoids is constipation.

The causes of hemorrhoids are many and various and include genetic predisposition (weak rectal vein walls and/or valves), straining during bowel movements and pregnancy. It is though that the latter two causes lead to increased pressure in the hemorrhoid veins, thus causing them to swell. It is also though that too much pressure on the rectal veins due to poor muscle tone or poor posture. Liver disease can also cause increased pressure in the veins and also cause hemorrhoids. Anal sex can also stress the anus particularly if too little lubricant is used and cause rectal wall strain. Hemorrhoids are also linked to sitting for prolonged periods of time.

Additional factors that can influence the course of hemorrhoids (mostly by increasing rectal vein pressure), especially for those with a genetic predisposition, are obesity and a sedentary lifestyle. Constipation, chronic diarrhea, poor bathroom habits, pregnancy, postponing bowel movements, and fiber-deprived diet may be associated with bowel movement and straining, but not all of these have been conclusively proved to cause hemorrhoids.

Hemorrhoids are very common and have been estimated to occur in up to half the population by age 50 years.

Using a squat toilet has been hypothesised to reduce straining and therefore reduce the occurrence of hemorrhoids. However, the medical research into this subject is scarce, and there has been no definite proof for this hypothesis. It is true that hemorrhoids are very rare in nations where people squat to defecate but this epidemiological argument doesn't necessarily prove a causal relationship as there may be unresolved genetic factors at play.

Dehydration can cause a hard stool or chronic constipation which can lead to hemorrhoidal irritation. An excess of lactic acid in the stool, a product of excessive consumption of milk products such as cheese, can cause irritation and a reduction of consumption can bring relief. Vitamin E deficiency is also a common cause.

Western diets may also have a part to play in that excessive alcohol or caffeine consumption can cause diarrhea which in turn can cause hemorrhoidal irritation.

Other causes are pregnancy, significant overweight, overeating, genetic predisposition to weakness of the veins, acid/alkaline imbalance, fatigue liver, Vitamin B-6 deficiency, sitting or standing in one position for long periods of time and lack of exercise can contribute to the development of hemorrhoid.

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