No one ever likes to see the first evidence of varicose or spider veins, but good news is if you start early and make healthy decisions you may be able to prevent them, or at the very least keep them to a minimum.
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The underlying issues that cause venous issues are varied; some are preventable and others may not be. For example, chronic venous insufficiency can be hereditary, which means that if you have a family history you have a significant predisposition to developing the condition yourself.
Varicose and Spider Veins Prevention
Visible varicose veins are 15% more prevalent in women than in men. This difference is largely due to the hormonal changes that take place during pregnancy and the aging process.
Both of these processes can weaken veins, however, in many cases they can be prevented if thoughtful decisions are made in regards to dieting, exercising, and other lifestyle choices
In addition to the impact that smoking has on your body as a whole, it also wreaks havoc on your circulatory system. Nicotine, perhaps the most well-known substance added to tobacco products, causes the body’s arteries to both narrow and harden, greatly heightening the risk for the formation of blood clots.
Other chemicals found in cigarettes act to thicken the blood and reduce oxygen flow, greatly slowing the overall blood flow throughout the body. Cigarette smoking collectively narrows blood vessels while also thickening the blood which decreases overall blood flow – together, these factors reduce the ability of your body to appropriately perfuse oxygen and nutrients leading to some serious health conditions.
Don’t Sit or Stand for Long Periods
If you must stand for a long time, shift your weight from one leg to the other every few minutes. If you must sit for long periods of time, stand up and move around or take a short walk every 30 minutes.
If you have a job that requires you to sit for a long period of time set a timer on your phone for every half hour and walk around. Another good idea is to purchase a Fitbit, when you’ve been sitting too long it will buzz you to remind you it’s time to move around.
Exercising will improve your leg strength, circulation, and vein strength. Focus on exercises that work your legs, such as walking or running.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
If you are overweight that puts more pressure on your lower extremities. Being overweight causes many problems with your health and varicose veins is one of them.
A Diet High in Fiber
Digestive issues such as constipation can contribute to varicose veins, therefore, it is important to eat a diet high in fiber to help reduce the onset of constipation.
High-fiber foods include fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains. Remember to also limit your salt intake. Eating less salt can help with the swelling that is associated with many venous disorders.
Over exposure to sun can cause spider veins to appear on your face. Make sure you wear sun block every time you go out into the sun. It’s a good idea to go ahead and integrate sunscreen in to your daily grooming routine if you haven’t already.
Contact Us Today Regarding Treatment Options for Spider and Varicose Veins
If you have spider or varicose veins contact Alabama Vascular & Lymphatic Specialists today.
Spider and varicose veins can be dangerous to your health and additionally can cost you self-confidence.
We provide the most comprehensive, progressive, and personal care available in the Birmingham, Alabama area.
During your visit our specialist(s) will review your specific situation and come up with a treatment plan to get you on the path to better health.