How obesity affects your veins

Varicose veins affect most adults by the age of 70 and create discomfort and pain. There is literally nothing that you can do to prevent the veins from forming, but you can take steps to reduce the condition. People who have seen the bulging veins develop don’t know that some of the same steps can reduce the symptoms. The best way it is to maintain a healthy weight. We will tell you all about it below.

Why do varicose veins form?

To know the impact of your weight on the veins you need to know the causes of swollen vessels. The job of veins in your body is to carry blood to your heart, and it works like a cycle. Veins in our lower leg find it hard than the rest of the body as they go against gravity and body’s own weight to move the blood up to the heart. When you have more weight, your body will need more pressure and strain the lower leg veins.

With time, the veins in lower legs can get damaged with constant pressure on them. The valves inside usually keep blood moving in one direction. It can wear out and allow blood to reflux back into the vein instead of moving in one direction – towards the heart. This leads to weakening and swelling, and the impact is seen on the outside of your leg.

Problems with weight on a vein

The problems with obesity are twofold. The extra pounds add pressure on hardworking veins because it needs pressure to push the blood back to the heart. The pressure exacerbates discomfort. The weight gain that you can make out from the outside of your body is only a part of the equation. However, fat accumulates in your organs as well. The internal fat stresses on nearby vessels restrict blood flow, increases pressure on veins, and more.

One more place where body fat accumulates and can take a toll is on the knees. When you constrict the area due to a fat buildup, veins in our lower leg will work harder and push blood to the upper leg and to our heart. The veins then become compressed and result in varicosity.

How to treat?

When you are facing problems due to the extra pounds, and swollen veins, it might be tough to know which problem you have to address first. The answer to this part depends on many factors. You might think that dropping a few pounds can help you relieve symptoms, but you need to continue exercising regularly to lose more. After that, you can go in for a vein treatment and reduce pain from the veins. The process will also aid weight loss.

Some people can discover that the painful veins interfere with their ability to adhere to types of weight loss processes.  For this instance, you can count on and have a vein treatment. This might be the first step that you need to take instead of weight loss.

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