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8 Ways to Eliminate or Reduce Varicose Veins

By DuPage Medical Group Vascular Surgery

According to the American Society of Vascular Surgery, at least 20-25 million Americans have varicose veins. Statistics further show that 17% of men and 33% of women have this condition. Gender, pregnancy, hormones, sex, aging, trauma, and genetics all affect them, but you don’t have to tolerate your legs looking that way. Here are eight easy lifestyle changes to help prevent varicose veins.

  1. Start by exercising. Choose your favorite sport or activity or learn a new sport or activity! You'll find the options to be limitless and you may even find yourself having fun along the way. Be smart and start small. Start with walking, dancing, or swimming to improve your circulation.
  2. Pay attention to your diet. For example, add fiber and vitamins to your daily regimen. Avoid foods, such as processed and refined foods, alcohol, cheese, fried foods, ice cream, and sugar that can aggravate varicose veins.
  3. Elevate your legs whenever possible. And don't cross your legs.
  4. Don’t sit or stand for long periods of time.
  5. Try compression hose or stockings during the day. They can help relieve symptoms and slow the progress of varicose veins. They do this by improving the circulation of your legs and can help relieve the aching or swelling.
  6. Avoid wearing tight clothing. Tight clothing can cut off flood flow and make your varicose veins worse.
  7. Lose weight. Excess weight can put extra pressure on your legs which can affect your circulation.
  8. Massage or rub your legs. Be careful! Don’t apply pressure directly to your varicose veins.

If you have tried these methods and are still unhappy with the look of your legs, contact DMG’s Vein Clinic. DMG’s board-certified vascular surgeons and dermatologists are highly trained and able to offer multiple solutions for varicose vein treatment including endovenous laser therapy and sclerotherapy.


Topics and Subtopics: Arteries & Veins

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