3 Myths About Hemorrhoids Debunked

One of the last things you likely want to bring up at the dinner table with friends is hemorrhoids. However, you may be surprised to learn that more people than you may know of, suffer from this condition. Hemorrhoids are swollen veins either around the anus or the lower rectum. If you suffer from this condition, we have created a list debunking three common myths surrounding them.

Myth #1: Only Old People Get Them

One common myth about hemorrhoids is that only old people get them. And although hemorrhoids are most common in people over the age of 45, you can develop hemorrhoids at any age. So, if you are younger than 45 and have hemorrhoids, don’t freak out and think you are the only young person with them.

Myth #2: Diet Doesn’t Do A Thing

If you have heard that diet doesn’t help get rid of your hemorrhoids, then we’ve got some good news for you— it does! Constipation is the leading cause of hemorrhoids, and one of the easiest ways to get rid of your constipation is by adding more water and fiber to your diet. Try eating about 30-40 grams of fiber per day and drinking 6-8 glasses of water every day to help ease constipation.

Myth #3: Exercise Will Make Them Worse

Eating a healthy, rich in fiber and getting a lot of regular exercises is good for your digestive system and will help you keep hemorrhoids away. The one thing that you should avoid if you are prone to hemorrhoids is holding your breath while you lift weights because this can sometimes cause you to strain yourself and get hemorrhoids.

If you have hemorrhoids, schedule an appointment with our staff at Vanguard Gastroenterology and call our Midtown office today at Call Us.