Overweight and haemorrhoids

If you are carrying extra weight, it can lead to a variation of different health problems. Haemorrhoids are a frequent diagnosis when overweight. The extra weight creates a pressure on the colon and when the stool wants to come out it leads to extra wear on the colon walls and on the sphincters in the anus.

Overweight people have a tendency of haemorrhoids

Overweight and obesity itself do not cause haemorrhoids, but many of the lifestyle habits of overweight people provide higher risk of haemorrhoids.

The first risk factor is the lack of fibre in the diet. Many overweight people diets lack sufficient fibre. Fibre is important to prevent constipation and hard stool, which again contribute to the creation of haemorrhoids.

Another risk factor is lack of physical activity. Daily exercise increases the bowel activity, the bowel can thus more easily transport its contents forward as well as softening the content This again reduces the pressure on the anus and can lead to fewer haemorrhoid problems. People that are sedentary have a higher risk of developing haemorrhoids.

A change in diet can help prevent haemorrhoids.

Luckily, it’s the same diet that can help you loose weight that can help you with the haemorrhoids. The most important nutrients in the diet to prevent haemorrhoids are fibres, and other foods that are low-fat and low on sugar.

A least 25 grams of fibre daily, helps the health of the bowel and prevent haemorrhoids. By eating food high on fibre, you will automatically help to eliminate foods that are high on fat, calories or which include at lot of sugar. The best sources of fibre are fruits and vegetables. For example, spinach and celery are both rich on what we call “hard fibre”. This type of fibre can help improve the stool and encourage the bowel movements.

Other types known as soluble fibre, can be find in oat bran, nuts, seeds and beans. Fibre turns to jelly in the bowel, which absorbs water and help promote movement. If you introduce these foods in your diet, your health can improve, the weight reduces and finally help you to prevent haemorrhoids.

Physical activity to avoid haemorrhoids.

A lack of physical activity can cause obesity and a sitting lifestyle is a primary risk factor for haemorrhoids. The constant pressure on the anus from sitting on hard settings for a long time can lead to swollen and painful veins. Not only will you get better stool with exercise, it can also contribute to weight loss and hence the risk of developing haemorrhoids. You don’t have to be an athlete to start a life of weight loss. It’s actually even better to start slowly and easy with a training program.

Quick facts about overweight and haemorrhoids

  1. Many of the lifestyle habits of overweight people provide higher risk of haemorrhoids.
  2. The first risk factor is the lack of fibre in the diet.
  3. Another risk factor is lack of physical activity.

The most important nutrients in the diet to prevent haemorrhoids are fibres, and other foods that are low-fat and low on sugar.