What causes piles in men?
There are lots of different possible causes of piles, many of which we can manage in order to prevent their recurrence. However, it is also a natural part of the aging process as the tissue around our blood vessels grows weaker.
Here are a few of the more common causes of piles:
STRAINING AND CONSTIPATION
A common cause of haemorrhoids in men is straining too much when on the toilet and the reasons for this are two-fold. For one, sitting on the toilet for extended periods of time causes the anus to relax and blood to flow into the haemorrhoids. Secondly, excessive straining (often caused by constipation) can put too much pressure on the veins and blood vessels around the anus, causing them to swell up and sometimes bleed. Making sure that you drink plenty of water and eat a balanced diet can help if you suffer with constipation.
NOT ENOUGH FIBRE IN YOUR DIET
A diet lacking in fibre is also a very common cause of haemorrhoids. Fibre helps to maintain a softer consistency of our stools, so when we are low in fibre, we’re much more likely to become constipated and spend too long over-straining on the toilet. In order to help reduce your likelihood of developing piles, you could try to eat more fibre as part of a balanced diet.
Since pressure on the blood vessels is a common cause of haemorrhoids, it’s probably not surprising that carrying excess weight can be another factor that can make developing piles more likely. Regular exercise, whether it’s a brisk walk at lunchtime or session at the gym, can help in more ways than one. Aside from helping to burn off the calories, it plays an important role in healthy digestion, helping to keep things moving and reducing the likelihood of constipation.