Varicose veins are twisting, bulging, and swollen veins that are visible through the skin’s surface. Varicose veins can be painful and make your everyday activities like standing or walking. If left untreated varicose veins can lead to more complicated vascular problems. Fortunately, Scottsdale comprehensive vascular care can help you prevent varicose veins.
Here are ways to prevent varicose veins.
1. Lose weight
Being overweight is one of the significant risk factors for varicose veins. If you believe that carrying extra weight will not hurt you, think again. Being overweight puts additional strain on the veins in your lower legs, weakening the valves and resulting in the development of varicose veins.
There is a reason why doctors frequently advise people with varicose veins who are overweight to lose weight. In addition to preventing the emergence of new varicose veins, losing weight reduces the chance of side effects such as blood clots, ulcers, and fluid retention.
2. Eat plenty of fiber
Your diet is the secret to avoiding new varicose veins. You might be shocked to learn that a diet lacking fiber increases the risk of varicose veins. Many people only manage to obtain approximately half of the recommended 25 to 30 grams of fiber daily. If you are among them, pay attention.
Fiber softens your stools, provides volume, and keeps food flowing through your digestive tract. Lack of fiber in the diet results in dry, hard stools that are difficult to pass, which is terrible for varicose veins.
Your blood vessels get weaker when you strain while going to the bathroom, which accelerates the development of varicose veins. It has been demonstrated eating meals high in fiber, such as whole grains and beans, can help to prevent varicose veins.
3. Avoid spending too much time standing or sitting down
You are more likely to develop varicose veins if you spend a large portion of your day standing or sitting for extended periods. Try your best to get up and walk around if you spend much of the day sitting down to get your blood circulating. On the other hand, if you spend a lot of time standing, take some time to sit down and raise your legs.
One of the finest workouts you can perform to treat or prevent varicose veins is walking. Walking improves circulation, helps to regulate blood pressure, and builds bone and muscular mass. Walking is safe for all individuals under any circumstance. Just take it slowly at first. Always put in a little bit more effort than you did the last time. If you are hurting too much, slow down.
5. Wear compression stockings
Wearing compression socks and stockings can help maintain the proper position of your vascular valves. This lessens blood pooling, swelling, and discomfort while facilitating the veins’ correct operation.
Depending on your veins’ damage, several levels of compression are available. It is a good idea to see your doctor when deciding between mild, moderate, hard, or extremely firm levels of compression.
Varicose veins deteriorate as a result of weakening vein valves over time. You can prevent varicose veins by eating a nutritious diet, exercising frequently, drinking enough water, and losing weight.
Call Scottsdale Vascular Clinic to book your appointment to treat varicose veins.