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What causes hemorrhoids? Can they be prevented?

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Dr. John Fung
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In brief: Straining

Eating a balanced diet, rich in fiber, is one of the most effective lifestyle changes you can help prevent hemorrhoids.
A high-fiber diet, together with plenty of fluids, softens the stool and increases its bulk, which will help you avoid the straining that can cause hemorrhoids or worsen symptoms from existing hemorrhoids. Along with a healthy diet, walking can help ease bowel movements

In brief: Straining

Eating a balanced diet, rich in fiber, is one of the most effective lifestyle changes you can help prevent hemorrhoids.
A high-fiber diet, together with plenty of fluids, softens the stool and increases its bulk, which will help you avoid the straining that can cause hemorrhoids or worsen symptoms from existing hemorrhoids. Along with a healthy diet, walking can help ease bowel movements
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