It is a truism of our sedentary culture that not every part of the body ages the same way. Currently we are in the midst of a scourge of heart disease and back problems – exacerbated, in the opinion of medical professionals, by the amount of time we spend sitting.
One overlooked dimension of our seated workplace culture is the effect that sitting can have on our butts as well, in the form of hemorrhoids, muscle strain, and varicose veins. Recently a study looked at how sitting is affecting younger people in particular, and found that all those hours sitting at the television and computer could be causing an epidemic of butt problems:
Bupa, a private health care group compiled about 60,000 medical procedures, and there they found even millennials who are between 16 to 25 years old were already suffering from sicknesses or conditions that are used to be common among older people. . . .” Hemorrhoid removal and treatment for varicose veins are procedures that people in this age group should not be encountering.”
You may consider this yet another reminder that standing is good, exercising is better, and seeing a doctor when you experience pain or pressure during bowel movements is an essential way to avoid lifelong medical problems.