While it’s true that hemorrhoids happen to at least 50 percent of us, and that they are more common in people over the age of 40, that doesn’t mean you have to sit around and wait for them to happen.
A sensible diet with plenty of fiber and water will help your colon to function at maximum efficiency, and that in turn will lead to regular, softer bowel movements. That’s important because the less strain on your rectal area, the less likely that veins will swell and cause hemorrhoids to develop.
Exercise is important, too. Getting up and moving helps your entire body function more efficiently, as well as keep those unwanted pounds off. Hemorrhoids occur frequently in overweight people who spend too much time sitting still, so get up and get out whenever possible.
In the end, there’s no magic bullet that will absolutely prevent hemorrhoids from developing, but there’s plenty you can to do be proactive about not getting them. And if you have suffered from them in the past, double down on diet and exercise to keep them from coming back. So whether you’re 40 or older, don’t hesitate to take control.