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How Losing Weight Can Improve Vein Health

Venous disease can lead to varicose veins, ulcers, and even life-threatening blood clots. Here’s how managing your weight can help.

While being overweight isn’t necessarily a sign of being unhealthy, it can add extra stress on the body. It’s a little harder on the heart, for instance, as well as the joints, lungs, and muscles, and can increase the risk of developing health conditions like arthritis, diabetes, or infertility.

Further, being overweight can lead to potentially dangerous venous disorders. Not only is venous disease responsible for uncomfortable spider and varicose veins, but it can also cause ulcers and blood clots.

There are a number of factors that contribute to the development of varicose veins, ulcers, and blood clots, including family history, jobs that require prolonged periods of sitting, or hormonal medications. However, obesity is one of the major risk factors, which is why doing your best to manage your weight is important.

How to Maintain Good Circulation

Venous disorders are the result of improper blood flow, which causes blood to pool in the legs. When the veins become overworked, the valves that pump blood back to the heart can begin to malfunction. This causes the blood vessels to swell — ultimately leading to the formation of protruding or discolored varicose veins.

When it comes to venous disease, one of the primary benefits of weight loss is that it can help to prevent varicose veins from worsening and reduce the associated symptoms. Getting enough exercise and eating a balanced diet helps to promote weight loss, and activities like using the elliptical and stationary bike, or taking a water aerobics class, are all good, low-impact options that are gentle on the legs and joints.

If you work at a job that requires you to regularly sit or stand for extended periods of time, you might want to consider wearing compression socks. The pressure that compression garments apply will help to prevent varicose veins from forming or worsening. Regular stretching and elevating your legs periodically helps to maintain healthy circulation, too.

The Cure for Varicose Veins

While losing weight will relieve the pressure in your veins — thereby reducing the often painful symptoms associated with venous disease — it won’t actually cure or remove varicose veins. 

Removing spider and varicose veins requires medical intervention, but the good news is that the surgeries involved are quick and minimally invasive. Sclerotherapy and endovenous ablation are two very common outpatient procedures, and neither of them requires general anesthesia or stitches. Further, these surgeries are followed by a quick recovery time, and rarely leave any scars.

If you live in the Nashville area and are interested in getting treatment for spider veins, varicose veins, or venous ulcers, don’t hesitate to contact us today. At Siragusa Vein & Laser, our expert team of vascular and endovascular specialists are excited to help you live a life free from painful venous disorders. We take pride in being thorough and attentive in our work, and we will work with you to find the right treatment option for your lifestyle.

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