Tips to Prevent Varicose Veins
Are varicose veins inevitable? In some women with a genetic
predisposition, yes. But most women can take steps to reduce their risk of
getting these bulging, twisted, protruding leg veins. Being overweight is a
big risk factor, but dietary steps include more than just counting calories.
A high fiber diet to avoid constipation and related straining may also help.
And exercise will not only help you maintain a normal weight, but it will increase
blood flow and improve circulation in the legs. This will slow down any new
Support hose may be necessary: In more severe cases, women may need medical
grade compression stockings which apply more pressure at the feet and ankles
and less pressure at the thighs. This prevents swelling and fluid accumulation
especially in women who are on their feet for several hours at a time. Prolonged
sitting can be just as bad, however. Whether you're at your desk, cooped up
in the car or on a plane, take frequent breaks to stretch your legs and walk
around. Ideally, you should elevate your legs above your heart at least once
a day for a few minutes. And even though it may be ladylike, try not to cross
your legs, since that slows down circulation and puts more pressure on your
leg veins. Tight shoes are probably also contributors to varicose veins.
Created: 6/26/2001  - Donnica Moore, M.D.