Varicose veins, which can be caused by weak or damaged valves in the veins, affect 50-55% of women and 40-45% of men.
Varicose veins can be uncomfortable and even painful. They can cause your legs to feel heavy, tired and achy. In some instances, they can lead to more serious conditions such as sores, bleeding and blood clots. Though there are certain factors that increase your chance of developing varicose veins, such as age, medical history, pregnancy changes, obesity and lack of movement, there are preventative measures to take if you want to lower your chance of getting them:
Regular exercise helps keeps veins stronger and increases circulation.
2. Maintain a Healthy Weight
It is important to maintain a healthy weight in order to decrease your risk of developing varicose veins. We recommend you maintain a healthy weight by eating a balanced diet high in vegetables, fruits, lean protein, and whole grains and low in simple sugars and saturated fat.
3. Do Not Smoke
When smoking, chemicals are deposited into the blood stream causing the blood to thicken; once the blood thickens, it reduces the oxygen levels—reduced oxygen levels in your blood will lead to a slower blood flow.
4. Avoid Prolonged Sitting and Prolonged Standing
If your occupation requires this then wear compression hose and be sure to stand up and walk at least 5 minutes each hour
It is important to keep your legs elevated to ensure proper blood flow; when your legs are not elevated the blood is unable to travel through the stream and maintain a healthy flow.
Contact our office at (972) 410-5757 or request an appointment online for information on preventing or treating varicose veins.