While hemorrhoids don’t respect racial boundaries, they are of special concern to African Americans due to conditions and diseases that are prevalent in this community.
Anything that disrupts a smooth and regular digestive process can lead to erratic bowel movements and the development of hemorrhoids. One major issue in this regard is lactose intolerance, or the inability to properly digest milk and dairy products. Between 30 and 50 million Americans, including as many as 75 percent of African Americans, are lactose intolerant to some degree, and so are much more at risk to develop hemorrhoids.
Another condition that often strikes African Americans is sickle-cell anemia, where the body doesn’t produce enough blood cells to get oxygen properly circulated. Fatigue is a major by product of anemia, but the digestive processes are affected as well.
While watching your diet can control lactose intolerance, it’s a good idea to see your physician to see what other steps you might need to take. With anemia, seeing a doctor is imperative because many tests need to be done in order to determine the proper treatment.
By being proactive with any and all health conditions, especially those that can affect proper digestion, you are taking important and measurable steps to avoid the pain and discomfort of hemorrhoids.