According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), almost 70 percent of Americans are overweight or obese. If you are in this category, you are at risk for many health problems. The more body fat that you have and the more you weigh, there is a greater likelihood that you will develop:
- Coronary heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Type 2 diabetes
- Breathing problems
- Certain cancers
Eating Healthy and Exercise
There are various factors that affect your weight, including your environment, family history and genetics, metabolism, and daily behaviors. There are some things you can’t change, such as your family history, but there are things you can change, such as your lifestyle habits!
Maintaining a healthy eating plan and being physically active are two of the most important lifestyle changes you can make. Not only will these changes help you lose weight – to look and feel healthier – it will also help you prevent varicose veins and make it easier to get treatment if you’ve already been diagnosed.
Varicose Veins and Being Overweight
Although it is not a direct correlation, varicose veins are more likely to occur in people who are overweight. Sitting or standing for long periods can cause blood to pool in the leg veins, increasing the pressure within the veins – for those who are prone to varicose veins, the veins can stretch as a result of that pressure.
Being overweight or obese can put extra pressure on your veins, which can lead to varicose veins. Varicose veins are also more difficult to diagnose and treat in people who are overweight. Because veins usually reside 1-2 cm under the skin, in a larger leg they can be 4-5 cm below the surface, making them harder to see.
Conservative therapies, such as compression stockings, also aren’t as effective in overweight people. If getting healthy is your top priority for 2015, contact us at Bunker Vein & Imaging Center to find out which minimally invasive treatment will be the most effective in helping you get rid of varicose veins and spider veins.
Call (512) 726-0599 to make an appointment or contact us online for a free screening.