It’s easy to assume varicose veins only occur in women. You’d probably be surprised to learn that 10-20% of men develop varicose veins at some point in their lives, and that number is rising due to increased longevity and obesity.
Don’t stress. Here are a few things you can do to stay ahead of them:
- Exercise – this has numerous benefits to your health, but it especially helps to keep blood flowing and stop pooling in the veins of the legs, where it can cause veins to bulge.
- Elevate your legs and keep moving – another way to keep the blood moving! Raise your legs above heart height for 15 minutes twice a day, or just keep your legs moving throughout the day.
- Compression hose – don’t worry, no one will know they’re there under your pants. These stockings, which often just look like long socks, help to push the blood up from the ankle so as to avoid pooling.
- Eat well – stick to a diet that is rich in antioxidants and fibre from plant foods, and low in salt, saturated fat (mainly found in animal products), and simple sugars while skipping processed foods can help to cut your intake of sugar and salt.
- Stay hydrated – a good intake of fluids from food and drinks helps to keep your whole body healthy.
- Watch your weight – rapid weight gain can put a huge amount of pressure on your veins.
- Relax! – keep your blood pressure low and improve your overall cardiovascular health with less stress in your life.
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