It’s a common yet unsightly and troublesome condition. However, there are many things you can do both to avoid developing varicose veins in the first place and to treat or alleviate them.
1) Avoid Obesity by Getting Active and Eating Healthily
It is common knowledge that obesity is a major risk factor for varicose veins. Extra weight puts pressure on your veins, causing the dilation and distortion which lead to varicose veins. The lack of exercise which is often linked to obesity also increases your chances of developing varicose veins, because when you are sedentary for long periods of time, extra pressure is put on your veins to keep blood pumping round your body. See http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Varicose-veins/Pages/Whatarevaricoseveins.aspx for further information.
Keeping active and engaging in moderate physical exercise or even a new sport can dramatically reduce your chances of developing vascular problems. Exercise improves and strengthens your circulatory system and combats high blood pressure, and these factors both contribute to the reduction in number and appearance of varicose veins.
Eating a diet rich in fibre and based on plants rather than animal products can markedly reduce your cholesterol and blood pressure and your risk of developing vascular problems such as varicose veins.
2) Stop Smoking
Before you even think about seeking varicose vein treatment, do your utmost to quit smoking. Smoking, as we all know, puts you at a greater risk for many health problems, so varicose veins should be the least of your worries. When you smoke, your blood pressure will be raised, and this extra pressure in your circulatory system leads to swollen and distended veins. You will also be at risk of venous insufficiency of the lower legs, where blood flow becomes ineffective and disrupted and pools of blood form in your lower legs. The resulting veins can be some of the most painful and difficult to treat. You can seek treatment for problem veins at http://www.veinsolutions.co.uk/, where you can receive advice about the effects of smoking upon your vascular system.
3) Avoid Birth-Control Pills Containing Oestrogen
If you already have varicose veins, oestrogen and progesterone in contraceptives can cause dilation and water retention, which can make the the swelling worse. Your GP will advise you about which pill to take in order to lower your risk of developing venous problems.