Figuring Out the Origins of Varicose Veins

Updated on: August 18, 2014

The legs certainly undergo a lot of wear and tear over the years, with walking, carrying the overall weight of the body, and also additional exercise. Men like to have their legs be as muscular as possible, while women place an emphasis on their legs being not too fat, but not too skinny, either. To women, legs are not just a very important part of their anatomy, they are also an important accessory to fashion.

Sometimes, various irregularities, such as varicose veins, show up on the legs of a woman. While some people might think that these kinds of veins are usually just things that older women get because of circulatory problems, that assumption is only partially true. Varicose veins are indeed partially caused by problems with circulation, but they can also appear in women who are far from being old.

This usually happens in the case of women who have had multiple pregnancies. Varicose veins are caused when too much pressure is put on the veins in the legs, usually through gaining a lot of weight in a very short amount of time (which happens with pregnancy). When this pressure occurs, the blood circulation in the veins becomes impaired. In an effort to allow the blood to successfully flow through, the veins will swell.

Varicose veins are easily recognizable. They are considerably raised above the surface of the skin, and usually appear in the lower part of the legs. Additionally, they are dark greenish blue or bluish purple in color. It is important to note that these kinds of veins are not just caused by pregnancy. Rather, they are also caused by obesity, and, ironically, exercise or long periods of inactivity.

How can these kinds of veins be prevented? In the case of pregnant women, it is very important that they wear the proper footwear. This means wearing shoes that are comfortable, but also offer the right amount of support. Additionally, when they relax they should elevate their legs on a footrest. This helps to keep the blood flowing and the veins staying healthy.

If a woman develops these kinds of veins because of obesity, then she needs to lose weight before the veins can be properly treated. A diet that is high in fruits, vegetables, and fiber, as well as drinking a lot of water and exercising properly, can help put a woman on the path to a healthy weight.

How can exercise cause these kinds of veins? Well, when a woman enjoys exercising, it is important that she start off slowly and work her way up to how long and how intensely she would like to exercise. Some women, in an effort to lose weight and get fit as soon as possible, start working out very hard, which can not only cause these kinds of veins, but also lead to additional health problems.

Inactivity is another thing that can, ironically, cause these kinds of veins, because sitting in one place (for example, behind a desk at the office) is not good for the circulation, and it can become stalled. So, the best things to do are to wear the proper footwear, exercise correctly, maintain a proper weight, and eat healthy food to prevent these kinds of veins.

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