Can Hemorrhoids Be Prevented?

Mickey | Health and Wellness | Friday, December 17th, 2010

Hemorrhoids occur when the blood pressure in the anal veins goes up too much, this increase in blood pressure may cause a small bump to form on the side of the vein, and the bulge is the hemorrhoid. Hemorrhoids typically start off small, but may become worse if left untreated. Symptoms that can indicate a hemorrhoid problem include anal bleeding while passing stools, anal pain, itching and burning. Other colorectal diseases such as colon cancer and polyps may have similar symptoms to hemorrhoids; this is why it’s so important to discuss any of these symptoms with a doctor before you embark on a hemroid treatment option.

As with all medical conditions, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and this is especially true when it comes to hemorrhoids. The good news is that hemorrhoids are usually quite easy to prevent with just a few simple steps, the key is eating better, especially more fiber. In fact, a high fiber diet with at least 25 grams of fiber is the first recommendation that a doctor will make to a hemorrhoid patient. If dietary changes are made early enough, in some cases this is enough to completely eliminate symptoms, this is why early detection and treatment is so essential. But even if you have a more advanced case of hemorrhoids, you can still reap the benefits of fiber, it helps to reduce straining while using the bathroom and also makes stools softer, both of which are excellent for hemorrhoid relief.

It really doesn’t have to be that hard to eat more fiber. With a few simple steps such as eating a high fiber cereal for breakfast, switching to high fiber whole wheat bread and eating more fresh fruit and vegetables it’s quite easy to sneak more fiber into your diet. And don’t think that just because you already have hemorrhoids it’s too late to start making these changes, because fiber also makes stools softer which is easier on already existing hemorrhoids.

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