Vein insufficiencies and diseases affect millions of people every year in varying degrees and at different stages in the lives. There is no one cause for vein disease and some patients may find that they struggle with no more than a few spider veins, while others experience large varicose veins that spread up and down both of their legs. Though there’s no guaranteed way to prevent vein disease altogether, particularly if you have a family history of such, there are some steps you can take to significantly lower your risk of developing vein problems.
Smoking causes so many health problems that simply aren’t worth the risk. Vein disease is among these potential problems. Smoking can result in poor circulation and poor circulation can cause venous insufficiencies. Smokers are also at a higher risk of disease of the arteries, and clogged arties make it much more difficult for blood to flow to and from the leg muscles.
Regular exercise is important in lowering the risk of vein disease. Regular exercise encourages healthy circulation within the veins and helps encourage the heart to pump blood to and from all areas of the body. Aim to get at least 20 minutes of brisk exercise a day. This could be as simple as a walk a day where the heart is pumping and the blood is flowing.
The body responds to high stress in a number of ways and many people who experience a lot of stress in their lives are much more likely to have high blood pressure. High blood pressure is a big contributor in developing damaged, ill-functioning veins. Try to find ways to unwind after a long day at work. Take up a hobby you enjoy or even consider looking for a career that isn’t as stressful as your current position if necessary.
Clogged arties can lead to vein disease, so make sure to keep your cholesterol levels under control. Make a visit to your doctor to discuss how to best do so and make sure you are consistent in your efforts for maintaining healthy levels.
Eat a Healthy Diet
A healthy diet can help in keeping weight down and encourage activity. The right nutrients will keep the body functioning properly including the veins and the heart. Obesity greatly increases the risk of developing vein disease so a healthy diet is absolutely essential.
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