Patients suffering from hemorrhoids often ask me: "My father is also a hemorrhoid patient. Is this genetically related?" Others say, "I have hemorrhoids in our family of five. Is it genetic?"
Based on these phenomena, some scholars believe that the occurrence of hemorrhoids is related to the congenital weakness of the vein wall, the inability to tolerate intravascular pressure, and the easy expansion and blood stasis. Therefore, there is a certain heredity, but no one has done systematic physiopathological research on this. So far, no definite conclusion has been reached, and because the proportion of people suffering from hemorrhoids in the total population is very large, there are some relatives of hemorrhoid patients who have hemorrhoids, or many have hemorrhoids or even all of them. However, these phenomena alone cannot prove that hemorrhoids are hereditary.
We believe that the influence of family environment, diet and living habits may be the main reason that multiple members of the family suffer from hemorrhoids at the same time. If your family lives in a humid and hot place, and they all like to drink, eat hot peppers, and have the habit of constipation, then of course, your family is more likely to suffer from hemorrhoids than other families.
The question "Can hemorrhoids be inherited?" is like a question asked by people who like to eat sweets but dislike brushing their teeth: "Is my tooth decayed because my teeth are inherently bad?" How should you answer? What?
--------Excerpted from "The Secret of Hemorrhoids" edited by Li Shenglong and Yin Tingbao, published in October 2005