What Can I do to Prevent Varicose Veins from Developing?
There are several factors that can put individuals at risk of developing varicose veins. While you may be able to alter some of these factors, others are beyond your control.
The truth is that there may not be much you can do in the end to avoid getting varicose veins. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t postpone their maturation or lessen their severity.
There are 4 important steps to help prevent varicose veins.
- Avoid being overweight.
By maintaining a healthy weight you can limit your risk of developing vein issues. Additional weight means increased pressure on your veins leading to weakened vein walls and valves. These are the two biggest causes of varicose veins.
- Wear Compression Hose.
Compression garments will support the veins in your legs, making them more efficient at pumping the blood on its journey back to the heart. Without this added support, blood can pool in the lower extremities, building pressure, and causing varicose veins. This is particularly important if you stand for long periods of time. Learn more about compression therapy here.
- Avoid standing for extended periods of time. If you must stand for work or another reason, make sure to take frequent breaks and sit down. You should elevate your legs whenever possible when sitting. On the other hand, if you sit for hours on end, stretch out your legs, or even better, stand up every 90 minutes.
- Work out regularly. Regular exercise will strengthen the legs and improve the circulatory system.
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