Now that we have your attention …

Yes, it’s true, as explained in this article in Men’s Health magazine. Extended periods of sitting and straining can cause hemorrhoids, a condition in which the veins around your anus and lower rectum stretch, bulge or swell. Hemorrhoids can also be the result of chronic diarrhea or constipation, obesity, pregnancy, or a low-fiber diet.

Studies have shown that “up to 75 percent of adults in Europe and North America will experience hemorrhoids at some point in their lives.” While hemorrhoids are most common in adults ages 45 to 65, they can occur among younger adults due to a variety of contributing factors.

The itching and mild pain caused by hemorrhoids can sometimes be treated at home. But in cases where you experience bleeding, a lump in the anus, rectal pain or prolonged symptoms, it’s time to see a doctor.

Cary Gastroenterology has three locations in the Triangle, providing painless hemorrhoid treatment. The center’s hemorrhoid doctors offer safe, fast and effective treatment, including rubber band ligation or “banding.” Contact Cary Gastroenterology to make an appointment near you.