EXCESSIVE STRAINING AND HEAVY LIFTING
One of the leading causes of haemorrhoids is straining too much on the toilet. When we push too hard during a bowel movement, this can cause the blood vessels or veins beneath our skin around the anus to fill up and swell, causing haemorrhoids to develop.
Although exercise is generally good for you, heavy lifting (much like straining too much) puts increased pressure on the muscles and blood vessels around the bottom and may cause piles to develop.
CONSTIPATION AND DIARRHOEA
Constipation is one of the main reasons that we might find ourselves straining too much on the toilet. If you haven’t had three or more bowel movements in the last week or the stool is difficult to push out you might be suffering from constipation.
On the other hand, going to the toilet too frequently because of diarrhoea can also lead to haemorrhoids, again, due to increased pressure and tension around the bottom.
LOW FIBRE DIET
A healthy, balanced diet is important for maintaining a good digestive system among many other bodily functions. Including enough fibre in our diet helps to keep our stools soft, which minimises constipation and keeps things moving through the digestive system.
If we don’t eat enough fibre, our stools can become hard and difficult to pass, causing us to strain more than usual when going to the toilet. It’s this straining and pressure on the bottom that can result in piles.
Here are some tips on the types of foods that can help you avoid piles.
Carrying excess body weight in obesity can also contribute to the development haemorrhoids due to the added pressure it causes on the blood vessels round the bottom. If you feel weight may be having an affect on your health, speak to a doctor about losing weight in a healthy manner.
During pregnancy the female body undergoes hormonal changes and some of these hormones can relax the veins, including those around the anus, making them more susceptible to developing haemorrhoids. Additionally, the added weight of the baby and pushing during childbirth is thought to put more pressure on the blood vessels around the bottom.
You can find out more about piles during pregnancy here.
As we get older the ageing process causes general wear and tear on our bodies, and the weakening of our tissues and blood vessels can cause the unpleasant side effect of piles. It’s no surprise that piles are most common between the ages of 45 and 65, however, as we’ve read so far, they can occur at any point in our lives and can be caused by a number of reasons.
Unfortunately, piles can reappear particularly if their cause hasn’t been fully addressed. However, there are a number of things you can do to help manage the symptoms if they do come back again.