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How to Prevent Varicose Veins

By Marilyn Pokorney

According to The National Women's Health Information Center,

as many as 60% of all American adults have some form of

varicose veins. Women, however, are more affected by 50%. By

the mid 50's, 41% of women suffer from spider or varicose


Varicose veins appear when blood collects in a vein instead

of being pumped back to the heart. Any vein may become

varicose, but the veins most commonly affected are those in

the legs and feet. That's because standing and walking

increase the pressure in the veins in your lower body.

Varicose veins develop in people who stand or sit for long

periods of time. Lack of exercise, pregnancy, being

overweight, prolonged constipation, and sitting with legs

crossed can compound the problem.

If varicose veins are not treated properly complications

such as swelling, restlessness, leg sores, itching, leg

cramps, feeling of heaviness in the legs and fatigue can


Surgical treatment is available but it's always healthier

and less expensive to prevent, rather than treat most health


Prevention for varicose veins initially begins with the

wearing of support hosiery. But a healthy diet and

lifestyle can do wonders to avoid the occurrence of varicose


Eat a balanced diet low in fat and carbohydrates and include

lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Take vitamin C. Vitamin C helps strengthen blood vessel


Keep the diet high in fiber to prevent constipation.

Avoid sugar, fried foods, junk foods, tobacco, salt,

alcohol, processed and refined foods.

Exercise daily to maintain a healthy weight. Walking,

swimming and bicycling all promote good circulation.

Do not wear tight clothes which restrict blood flow.

At least once a day sit with the legs above the heart level

for 20 minutes to relieve symptoms.

Avoid standing or sitting for long periods of time.

Avoid crossing the legs when sitting.

Avoid heavy lifting and putting any unecessary pressure on

the legs.

Herbs, such as red clover and horse chestnut, are especially

helpful in maintaining healthy strong veins.

Copyright: 2005 Marilyn Pokorney

About The Author
Marilyn Pokorney is a freelance writer of science, nature, animals and the environment. She also likes crafts, gardening, and reading.


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