Over the years you have probably heard some “old wives’ tales” and myths about UGLY varicose veins.
Here’s actual facts from doctors and science to help separate facts from fiction.
Varicose Veins can be UGLY & PAINFUL! No one wants them!
You have heard that if your parents have varicose veins – you will get them too!
Not True! National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute findings reveal that varicose veins only ran in the of half of all people who had them. Is there a slight chance you may develop varicose veins – maybe, it’s not a guarantee.
Here’s a few more Myths / False Facts about Varicose Veins!
- Crossing your legs can cause Varicose Veins.
According to Dr. James Bekeny, a leading well-known vascular surgeon at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio states, “Crossing legs does not cause varicose veins, although crossing legs can exacerbate varicose veins if you already have them.” Meaning crossing a leg can produce and increase blood minimal pressure to a certain area of the leg to collect inside a vein making it bulge.
- Only OLDER Women get Varicose Veins.
Not True! 40 million adults, including men and women in the U.S. have varicose veins. Yes, Varicose Veins are more common in older adults, however the Risk increases yearly affecting young adults as well. Obesity being the #1 factor, and yes even teenagers can get varicose veins.
Yes, women are at a higher Risk due to hormone fluctuations from pregnancy, the use of birth control pills and going through menopause. You may be surprised to learn, 45% of all men experience varicose veins at some point in their lifetime.
- Sitting or Standing long periods of time causes Varicose Veins.
NOT True! Not all people who stands or sits all day is guaranteed to develop Varicose Veins, however it does increase the RISK!
Dr. James Bekeny states “your varicose veins are more likely caused by defective valves or weakened vein walls.”
It makes sense that our bodies don’t like to be in one position for a long period of time, whether your standing or sitting you will eventually re-position yourself because your body is tired of that same position.
Try to avoid extensive sitting or standing in one position for long periods of time. If your Job requires enormous standing or sitting – make sure you take regular / frequent breaks for short walks to get your leg muscles moving or sit downs to relax your legs. Remember regular movement can help improve your blood circulation. Another good recommendation is try wearing compression stockings. The compression part of the stocking compresses your legs making sure you have good blood flow to help relieve cramping, swelling and heavy tired legs.
You may ask: Are there ways to help AVOID getting UGLY Varicose Veins?
- Maintain a healthy body weight
- Healthy Diet
- Stay Active / Exercise daily
- Don’t Smoke
- Drink LOTS of Water
- Wear light compression Stockings
A worthy note, wearing compression stockings or socks is vital for the treatment or prevention of varicose veins and other circulatory problems, especially for individuals who are at risk.
We offer quality made comfortable compression stockings, that can help you stay true to your health for the well-being of your legs.
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