How To Avoid Varicose Veins

For many people, varicose veins are simply a cosmetic concern. For others, varicose veins can cause aching pain and discomfort. And the condition could signal a higher risk of circulatory problems.

Varicose veins affect up to 60 percent of all Americans, women more than men; older women more than younger. Treatment may involve self-help measures, or procedures by your doctor to close or remove these veins.

The American Institute of Preventive Medicine offers these suggestions to help prevent them from forming:

  • Don't cross your legs when sitting.
  • Exercise regularly. Walking is a good choice. It improves leg and vein strength.
  • Keep your weight down.
  • Avoid standing for prolonged periods. If your job or hobby requires you to stand, shift your weight from one leg to the other every few minutes.
  • Wear elastic support stockings.
  • Don't wear clothing or undergarments that are tight or constrict your waist, groin or legs.
  • Eat high-fiber foods such as bran cereals, whole grain breads and fresh fruits and vegetables to promote regularity. Constipation contributes to varicose veins.
  • Elevate your legs when resting.
  • Stop and take short walks at least every 45 minutes when taking long car rides.
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