The Connection Between Diabetes and Haemorrhoids:
Diabetes causes a variety of health complications. One such complication associated with diabetes is piles or haemorrhoids.
Diabetes can give rise to piles or haemorrhoids due to various causes:
- Uncontrolled blood sugar levels:
Excessive blood sugar can lead to dehydration and poor circulation and this can lead to the development of piles in diabetics.
Certain medications that treat diabetes may also increase the risk of piles due to their side effects like constipation or diarrhoea.
- Nerve damage:
Nerve damage due to diabetes can contribute to the growth of haemorrhoids.
How to Control Blood Sugar Levels:
Treatments for haemorrhoids in patients with diabetes focus on controlling blood sugar levels. They are as follows:
- Eat high-fibre foods:
This includes the bran, fresh fruits and vegetables. Psyllium-containing products also may add fibre to the diet.
- Do not strain during defecation:
This includes not sitting on the toilet for a long time. In general, do not sit for prolonged time periods.
- Sitting in warm water
Staying in warm water for approximately 15 minutes at a time can ease the symptoms.
If you have diabetes, avoid over-the-counter products that contain a vasoconstrictor (for example, ephedrine, epinephrine, phenylephrine HCI).
Anaesthetics relieve the sensation of pain and burning by numbing the anal area for a short period. They should be used externally on the perianal area where the nerve endings are concentrated.
These cause the tissues that overlie the haemorrhoids to dry and provide relief from burning and itching but not from pain. Witch hazel is recommended for external use, because it provides temporary relief from itching, discomfort and burning.
They are a physical barrier over the skin and mucous membranes. Protectants reduce inflammation and prevent water loss.
How to Minimize Piles Symptoms:
There are many symptoms of piles and diabetes. The most common is rectal bleeding, which appears as bright red drops on the toilet paper after using the restroom.
Other symptoms include anal itching, pain when passing stools, and prolapsed piles; this is a condition in which an internal pile has extended out of the anus and is outside of the body.
Mucous discharge from the anus due to haemorrhoids is another symptom.
The best way to minimize these symptoms is through lifestyle changes. This includes adjustments to your diet and regular exercise.
If you are diabetic and have piles then you must see a healthcare professional. At Chennai Laser Gastro we have many doctors who have treated people who suffer from both conditions. If you come to us, we promise to give you treatment that is both high-quality and affordable. Contact us to make an appointment.