Are You 1 In 3?



Nearly one in every three Americans is estimated to suffer from hemorrhoids. Worse, every other person over 50 has the affliction. Sources referred to for this issue agreed that the major causative factor in the development of hemorrhoids is straining while on the toilet. This is also the major connection between hemorrhoids and varicose veins. Straining during bowel movements blocks the flow of blood back up through the veins in the legs. Other situations which cause rectal venous pressure are pregnancy and birthing, coughing, sneezing, vomiting, physical exertion, and increased blood pressure in the portal vein (the main vein into the liver) due to cirrhosis.

These interruptions in the normal blood return system cause pressure to build up in the veins, weakening the vein walls and, eventually, dilating the veins. This makes it impossible for the valves to close properly because they no longer fit the vein circumference. Hemorrhoids result from blood congesting in the rectum during straining. No valves exist in this venous system so there is no way for the pressure to be relieved.

That explains the causative mechanism, but not the real bottom line (so to speak) Most cases of hemorrhoids, and the varicose veins associated with them, are the result of unhealthy dietary pattern. Simply put, there is not enough fiber and water in the diet. When the stool is hard and/or small in diameter, it becomes difficult to evacuate. Straining is the result. Both hemorrhoids and varicose veins are more IN common in affluent populations, particularly in the US and Great Britain. People in these countries are more likely to eat refined carbohydrates and high protein animal foods, and to lead a sedentary lifestyle. Hemorrhoids are a rare occurrence in countries where the people eat large amounts of fiber.

A comparative study completed by british investigators many years ago continues to illustrate the point. British schoolboys on the usual refined diet passed an average daily stool of 108 grams, and the average transit time was 77 hours. In comparison, the stool of African villagers weighed 400 grams and was passed within 35 hours. Unfortunately, as nations increase their economic base, people change their eating habits. This is followed by a corresponding increase in the occurrence of hemorrhoids.

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