Varicose veins are a fairly common health issue. It is important to note that this condition is a health problem, as it tends to garner more attention as a cosmetic concern. That is because when they are mild in degree of severity, their affect on overall health and well being is minimal, requiring little medical attention, but they are unsightly in many cases. However, sometimes varicose veins can be a serious health matter, making it important to know the facts about what they mean in terms of overall health, as well as how they can be prevented and treated.
1. Circulatory System Disorders
Varicose veins can be an indication of a more serious circulatory system problem. After all, if the vein were functioning properly, it wouldn’t be varicose, or bulging. That bulging of the vein is typically cause by a valve that is not working properly within the vein or some other comparatively mind problem. However, that is not always the case. Severe varicose veins require assessment by a physician to rule out other, potentially life threatening circulatory system disorders.
2. Genetics May Contribute, But Lifestyle Really Matters
Clinical research has determined that while people can have a genetic predisposition to developing varicose veins, lifestyle is a very influential factor. In fact, developing good lifestyle habits can help prevent severe varicose veins from forming. A sedentary lifestyle leaves one more prone to developing varicose veins, which can increase in severity until blood clots and ulcers form.
Exercise is important means of keeping the circulatory system healthy. It is also a factor in helping ovoid being overweight, another varicose vein risk factor. It should be noted that standing in the same position for hours at a time at work can contribute, too. Frequent position changes are important for proper, unrestricted blood flow throughout the body and circulatory system health.
3. Eating Well Can Help Prevent Varicose Veins
Proper nutrition is so important for overall health and well being. Many people just don’t realize the importance of reducing the amount of processed foods in the daily diet and choosing fresh, whole foods instead. Nutritional supplements have value, but not all nutrients can be pharmaceutically reproduced, in the same way that science has not yet been able to copy breast milk.
Oregon State University’s Linus Pauling Institute notes the importance of micro-nutrients and phytochemicals in maintaining the health of bodily systems, including the circulatory system. Vitamin C, for example, is essential to collagen production, which helps to form the soft connective tissues on the body, as well as the walls of veins and arteries. Vitamin C also has a role in the dilation of veins and arteries. A diet rich in anti-oxidants can help protect circulatory health. A healthy circulation system means less chance of varicose veins.
4. Men Get Varicose Veins Too
While women are more likely to have varicose veins, it is also a common problem for men. Men in the construction trade often suffer from varicose veins, for example, because of continuous heavy lifting. In the same way obesity compresses veins and capillaries, so also does heavy lifting. Truck driving and other types of work that involve a lot of sitting down also can contribute to varicose veins. Men, as well as women, need to consider prevention and make lifestyle adjustments when possible to protect circulatory system health and aid in the prevention of varicose veins.
5. Treatment Options Have Expanded
Standard treatments for varicose veins include using various techniques, such as chemical or heat, to scar the inside of a vein, sealing it off, according to the Mayo Clinic. Vein removal is another standard means of dealing with more severe varicose vein cases occurring in smaller veins and, when closer to the surface, somewhat larger veins. The latest in treatment uses lasers to seal smaller veins, and since there is no cutting involved, it is an almost painless option.