CAN VARICOSE VEINS BE PREVENTED?
Varicose veins are enlarged veins that can be blue, red, purple or flesh-colored. They often look like ropes and appear twisted and bulging. Spider veins are like varicose veins, but very tiny. Varicose veins and spider veins usually appear in the legs and can cause pain, swelling, fatigue, ulcers or an itchy rash. Varicose veins and spider veins are treatable.
If you’re one of the more than 40 million Americans stuck dealing with varicose veins, you know they can be more than just a cosmetic issue! They can be downright painful and if left untreated they will progressively get worsened. Fortunately, there are a number of simple lifestyle changes that can help people with varicose veins better manage their pain, and even prevent additional varicose veins from developing.
Not all varicose and spider veins can be prevented. But, there are some steps you can take to reduce your chances of getting new varicose veins. These same things can help the ones you already have:
- Exercise regularly to improve your leg strength, circulation, and vein strength. Focus on exercises that work your legs, such as walking or running. Keeping your veins healthy can be as painless as taking a 20-minute walk twice weekly, or choosing to take the stairs instead of the elevator regular, moderate physical activity burns excess calories, which helps prevent additional weight gain and can even lead to weight loss. Maintaining a healthy weight will go a long way in preventing vein-related issues — in fact, women who are moderately overweight are 50% more likely to develop varicose veins than women who are not overweight. Let’s stay healthy!
- Control your weight to avoid placing too much pressure on your legs.
- Elevate your legs when resting as much as possible. If you work a job that you stand all day take breaks to elevate your legs. If your job doesn’t entail a great deal of mobility, you should make a concerted effort to change up your position multiple times throughout the day. Sitting or standing in the same position for prolonged periods of time can cause blood to pool in the veins in your legs, which over time could cause varicose veins to appear. Make sure that you’re flexing or bending your legs multiple times throughout the day to keep your blood circulating.
- Wear elastic support stockings (With your doctor’s prescription).
- Eat a low-salt diet rich in high-fiber foods. Eating fiber reduces the chances of constipation, which can contribute to varicose veins. High-fiber foods include fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains, like bran. Eating less salt can help with the swelling that comes with varicose veins.
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