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Lack of physical exercise causes pile, says physician

Posted: Apr 1, 2015 at 4:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

A consultant  physician with Wuse General Hospital, Abuja, Dr Igbinovia Imuentinyan, said lack of physical exercise is one of the causes of pile.

Speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, Imuentinyan said pile, also known as Haemorrhoid, was common among overweight people who do not exercise regularly.

He said individuals with irregular eating habits and consumption of foods deficient in essential fibres such as vegetables and whole grains are at risk of contracting the disease.

“People that are obsessed are predisposed to having pile due to constipation and straining during bowel movement, which further forces the pile to protrude.’’

Imuentinyan described pile as a round like swelling which could be found inside or outside the anal canal, and could either be dry or a bleeding pile.

He said external pile with irritation, redness and swellings is associated with dry pile further, stressing that it could cause much pain and become unbearable while passing out stool.

“Dry pile could stick out when passing out stool and return only when pushed back and others may hang out permanently,’’ he said.

He said bleeding pile which is located at the internal lining could bleed excessively causing anaemia and could lead to inadequate blood in the body, itching and body weakness.

Imuetinyan stressed that pile was common in child bearing, saying the pressure of the foetus causes the pile vessels to enlarge and these vessels are placed under pressure during child birth causing pile to protrude.

“Haemorrhoid experienced during child birth is temporal and could be treated  by sitting in warm salt water for at least 10 minutes  in the morning and evening for two to three weeks,” he said.

Imuetinyan stressed the need for regular exercises involving abdominal muscles like sit ups which help to improve circulation in the anal region thereby aiding loose stool.

He further advised that eating vegetables, fruits and drinking lot of water results in softer stool and emptying the bowels become easier avoiding strain.

He said in extreme cases pile could be treated surgically to shrink the haemorrhoidal tissues.

Imuentinyan further encouraged patients to sit in warm salt water or apply icepacks to reduce swellings.

Also, an Abuja based medical practitioner, Dr Ogechi Anaele, on Tuesday said biological and unhealthy health habits could put one at risk of heart attack.

She said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

Anaele said the causes of a heart attack are as a result of some risk factors which could not be changed.

She said “Some risk factors such as age cannot be changed as the odds of having a heart attack goes up with age as men have a greater risk than women.

“A family history of heart disease also increases one’s risk of a heart attack depending on if a family member has experienced it.

“If a first degree blood relative has had coronary heart disease or stroke before the age of 55 years for a male relative or 65 years for a female relative your risk increases.

“Smoking can raise your risk of a heart attack especially high if one started smoking when young, smokes heavily or is a woman.

“So one having high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, diabetes and being obese such as a diet high in saturated fat increases the risk of heart disease and stroke.

“Other things that can raise your risk of a heart attack are lack of exercise, depression and stress.’’

According to Anaele, the causes of a heart attack are as a result of some factors that can lead to it.

She said “A build up of cholesterol and a fatty material called plaque in your artery walls usually cause a heart attack.

“The build up of plaque takes years to accumulate as most heart attacks happen when plaque breaks off your artery wall.

“A blood clot then forms around the broken-off plaque which is blocking the artery.”