There are tens of millions of people that suffer from vein disease in the United States each year. Approximately 50 percent of those suffering from vein disease have a family history of varicose or spider veins. However, varicose veins and other vein conditions are very common and can affect anyone, regardless of your family’s medical history.
Help prevent vein disease with these simple lifestyle changes
One of the easiest things you can do to help prevent the onset of vein disease is to take a break from what you’re doing and get your legs moving. Here are a few other things that can help:
- Get your weight in check
Obesity increases the amount of pressure being applied to your veins, so relieve that pressure by getting your body to a healthy weight and avoiding foods high in sodium. Reducing your intake of sodium can help decrease swelling from water retention or constipation.
- Enjoy regular exercise
Not only does regular exercise help improve your blood circulation, it encourages healthier eating habits and helps keep the weight off.
- Strive for comfort
Tight clothing may prohibit blood flow throughout your body, so wear loose-fitting clothes and reach for low heels or flats instead of your heels. Heels, as you know, can be uncomfortable and they do not work your calf muscles the way lower heels or flats do.
- Pamper your legs
There has never been a better excuse to kick up your legs at the end of a long day. In fact, you should try to raise your legs above your heart a few times a day to encourage good blood circulation. It’s also a good rule of thumb to keep your legs moving, so switch positions often, get your legs moving every 30 minutes, uncross those legs and opt for that farther parking space.
- Talk about compression stockings
Talk to a vein care specialists to find out if compression stockings are right for you. They are often the first line of defense in lessening the symptoms associated with varicose veins. They may also help reduce your risk of vein disease.