How to Prevent Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoid Prevention 101While they may not be a favorite conversational topic, hemorrhoids are certainly one of the most common ailments to affect adults in the United States. The swollen and twisted veins that develop in the anus and rectum can become extremely uncomfortable, and often do not go away on their own. About half of all adults in the United States experience hemorrhoids at one point in their lives, and those who have had hemorrhoids in the past remain at risk of developing more in the future.

By adopting healthy habits you can reduce your risk of developing hemorrhoids. Your colon and rectal specialist can help you incorporate healthy hemorrhoid prevention strategies into your lifestyle.

Here are a few strategies that can help you prevent hemorrhoids in Beverly Hills:

  • Exercise: Engaging in regular physical activity is one of the best ways to promote proper digestion and prevent hemorrhoids. Exercise, especially cardiovascular exercise, enhances blood flow to help prevent the veins in your anus and rectum from swelling.
  • Eat fiber: Fiber collects water as it passes through your digestive tract and makes digestion a easier on the body. Fiber can reduce the occurrence of both constipation and diarrhea, which can cause hemorrhoids to develop. Foods like broccoli, whole grains, corn and beans are all high-fiber foods.
  • Drink water: Staying hydrated will promote loose stool and prevent you from having to strain during bowel movements. Straining during bowel movements is a huge risk factor for developing hemorrhoids.
  • Move around: Even when you are not able to exercise, do your best to prevent long periods of standing or sitting without movement, such as while traveling or at the office. Stand up at your desk periodically and move around as much as possible when the opportunity presents itself.

Before you attempt to adopt any of these lifestyle habits it is recommended that you first consult your colorectal specialist about your risk for hemorrhoids, as well as other colorectal diseases. In certain situations hemorrhoids could be indicative of a greater health problem—if left untreated, they can lead to complications.

For more advice on how to best prevent hemorrhoids, as well as information on how to treat hemorrhoids, contact your colon and rectal doctor.