Do Varicose Veins Run In Your Family? Four Ways To Reduce Your Risk Of Developing Them

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If your mother or father has varicose veins, you're at an increased risk of developing them as you age, too. However, there are some things you can do to reduce your chances of developing these unsightly veins or help ensure that if you do develop them, they're not as severe. Here are four specific ways to reduce your risk of varicose veins.

Maintain a healthy weight.

The heavier you are, the more pressure your legs are put under when you stand, and the greater your risk of varicose veins becomes. Use a BMI calculator to calculate your BMI and then make sure yours is in the healthy range (18.5 to 24.9). If your BMI indicates that you are overweight or obese, consider working with a personal trainer and/or a dietician to develop eating and exercise habits that will help reduce your weight healthily over time.

Stay active.

Sitting around all day allows blood to pool in the veins in your legs, which can perpetuate the development of varicose veins over time. So if you have a desk job, make sure you're at least getting up and taking a walk down the hall every hour or so. Work on developing hobbies and interests that involve going outside and being active rather than sitting in front of a screen. Even low-key activities like gardening and walking will keep you moving.

Stand on softer surfaces.

If you have a job that requires you to spend a lot of time on your feet, or if you spend a lot of time standing for some other reason, make sure the surface you're standing on is soft. Slide a cushioned mat underneath your feet, or put padded inserts into your shoes. This will put less strain on your legs, so your circulation keeps flowing and your veins don't suffer so much damage.

Stop smoking.

The toxins in tobacco smoke can damage the walls of your veins, leading to varicose veins. If you are a smoker, now is the time to quit. Look for support groups in your area or talk to your doctor about prescription medications to curb your cravings. If you're not a smoker, vow never to start -- your veins depend on it.

To learn more about varicose veins and how to reduce your risk, talk to your doctor. If you do see some varicose veins beginning to develop, make sure you seek treatment early to prevent them from becoming worse.


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