Risk groups

Hemorrhoids affect both men and women.

One in two adult persons over the age of 50 years suffers from hemorrhoids. One in three persons has a recurrence of hemorrhoids.

The condition is very common in both men and women.

The incidence of the condition is higher in patients with bowel dysfunction, some liver diseases (such a cirrhosis, portal hypertension) or during pregnancy.

The reasons for hemorrhoid occurrence are various. Standing position leads to increased pressure in the portal veins that causes their abnormal dilatation.

Here are some of the most common contributing factors for hemorrhoidal disease:

Genetic predisposition (heredity)

Hemorrhoids are more common in people with weakening of the supporting connective tissue.


Leads to increased pressure in the anal canal veins, preventing
blood drainage and causing their dilatation.

Sedentary lifestyle

Lack of exercise can cause digestive disorders and lead to constipation, a major risk factor for hemorrhoid occurrence.

Unbalanced diet

Overeating, consumption of spicy foods and alcohol.

Physical exertion

Lifting heavy objects or strenuous physical activity lead to increased pressure on the pelvic muscles.

Static occupational sitting

Professional drivers and office employees are at highest risk.


The growing uterus and fetus increase the pressure in the abdominal cavity leading to increased pressure in the pelvic area.

Frequent bouts of diarrhea

If you experience some of those factors in your everyday life, this is not necessarily a reason for concern. You should however pay attention to your lifestyle. Small changes in your everyday life may lead to a big positive change.

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