How Do You Know if You Have Hemorrhoids… or Something Serious?

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1. INTRODUCTION

Hemorrhoids aren’t a pleasant subject and can be embarrassing to discuss — even with your healthcare specialist. But they are quite a common problem in both men and women. In fact, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (a branch of the National Institutes of Health), it’s estimated about half the people in the U.S. will have hemorrhoids by age 50.

This isn’t surprising given the typical Western diet coupled with lifestyles which often include too much stress and too little physical exercise. Hemorrhoids aren’t exclusively a condition of the modern Western world; however they are rarely seen in more primitive, less industrialized cultures.

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