Anyone, whether old or young, can get hemroids but some are more susceptible to it than others. Hemroids are more common in pregnant women, during middle age and those who are obese. It is also common for people who suffer from chronic constipation, have liver diseases, or experience frequent diarrhea.
Diet and lifestyle
Poor diet and excessive lifestyle can also lead to the development of hemroids. Inadequate fiber intake can lead to constipation, which is a leading cause of hemorrhoids. Irregular eating patterns and eating too much processed foods will slow down the bowel movement and lead to constipation. Those who drink too much alcohol may be more susceptible to hemorrhoids since alcoholic drinks can eventually cause the digestive system to become sluggish and make it harder to pass stool. Too much drinking also causes harm to the liver and may lead to liver disease which is a common cause of hemroids. A weak liver also reduces the amount of bile (which helps stimulate peristaltic movement) that is released to the intestines. Those who work in the office and sit for long periods, or drive in a car or truck all day are also more susceptible to getting hemroids because of the pressure exerted on the rectal veins.
Nutrition and physical condition
A weak physical condition also affects the colon function and can lead to hemroids. Those who are not getting enough exercise can lead to poor muscle tone in the anal area and lead to a sluggish bowel movement. Heavy lifting and holding one's breath while doing so can also put undue pressure on the rectal veins and lead to hemorrhoids. A lack of protein will lead to weak tissues that affect the colon and digestion, and slow the healing of wounds and inflammation. Poor nutrition due to lack of vitamins and minerals will also lead to poor digestion and a higher susceptibility to hemroids.
There are also those who are predisposed to constipation due to an inherited genetic weakness in the colon or rectum area and are thus more susceptible to hemroids. Those who are born with a weak liver and digestive system will also be more susceptible.
Holding fecal waste too long in the rectum will cause pressure to build up in the veins and make it harder to pass stool. Those who delay their bowel movement can develop constipation and hemroids. Straining too hard during bowel movement also puts pressure on the rectal veins and can lead to hemroids.
Cysts and tumors in the colon will also add pressure on the rectum veins and cause it to erupt. Taking too much laxatives, especially powerful ones that lead to diarrhea, will irritate and inflame the rectal veins and make the colon too lax leading to constipation.
Because the rectum is an area that is not readily visible, a lot of people who have hemorrhoids don't even know they have it. This is also because hemroids vary in severity and some kinds may be small and itchy while others protrude out of the anus and cause extreme discomfort and pain, and even rectal bleeding. Small and itchy hemroids can heal easily with proper diet while severe cases may require topical or oral treatment.