Well+Good: And many might not even know it.
Hemorrhoids sound scary. Scary enough that if you had them, you’d know—right? Not quite, says Niket Sonpal, MD, an internist and gastroenterologist in New York City. Forty percent of people with hemorrhoids have no symptoms at all. But what causes hemorrhoids and what it’s like to have them?
“Hemorrhoids are enlarged or swollen veins in the lower rectum. They are normal blood vessels which become aggravated and inflamed,” says Dr. Sonpal. “Hemorrhoids are common, occurring in both men and women. Although hemorrhoids do not usually cause serious health problems, they can be annoying and uncomfortable....“The main reason why hemorrhoids are so common in the U.S. is primarily due to our diets,” he says. READ MORE
(Source: Well+Good, 02/15/2021)