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How to prevent varicose veins.

Updated on September 9, 2016

According to a study, 20-50% of people on the planet sooner or later start having a varicose disease. Most often the reason is our stationary way of life. That's why varicose veins are now more frequently seen even in young people.

The good news are of course in the natural medicine growing outside your window and ordinary prescription medicine, often based on natural one.

Most important of course is...


There are some simple rules to follow which help to prevent varicose veins and/or prevent complications:

Don't ignore the risk.

As with all other ailments, timely reaction is mandatory. If you react in time, it can be stopped and even reversed, so if you are in the risk group - monitor your condition annually. Especially the pits behind knee. Many illnesses are hereditary. If any of your parents had varicose veins, there is a 60-80% chance you will have them too.

Second important risk is sedentiary or stationary workplace.

When legs are immobile for a long time their veins are pulled only in one direction (by gravity) and lose elasticity. Only the blood flow moves them a bit and the gravitation pulls all the blood down thus inflating them.

For gestating women, there is additional risk and often obese people may suffer too. If your work involves carrying heavy objects the risk also increases. Best advice for all risk groups is walking at least one hour each day or having frequent small walks during the day to stretch the legs and move the blood a bit. If you work in a multi-floor office - start using the stairs instead waiting for the elevator.

Varicose veins.
Varicose veins. | Source

Prevention is the best cure.

Unfortunately the risk for varicose veins is part of our nature. People are walking on 2 legs instead on 4 and sit instead of lay down.

That's why the blood needs to climb a lot to get back to the heart from the legs. With varicose, the veins lose their ellasticity and they become inflated each time the heart pumps blood. Sometimes the balooned veins can't constrict at all so they are unable to return the blood up and it stays in them. Less blood flow getting around the body may lead to cells not properly fed with nutritions and oxygen.

Fortunately, the human being no just walks but also thinks. We're not animals and can detect and analyze problems in our bodies.

Don't wait for an illness to go wild. Prevent it by doing enough exercise.

  • Walking
  • Running
  • Jogging
  • Swimming
  • Biking
  • Thread milling

Pick one (or few). They will all prevent or delay the varicose veins. (Climbing stairs is very effective.)

In short: the more you move your feet, the less likely a varicose vein will show on them.

Remember that a timely diagnose is mandatory.

Many people wrongly believe that pain in "knee pits" and swollen ancles in the end of the work day is something ordinary and normal.

It is not.

If the pain and swelling are daily - visit a specialist. The sooner - the better. It may be a sign for venous problems in lower extremities. It may resolve with just an exercise and a small change in habits.

Do not self medicate!

Even if you take care of yourself and live healthy, this disease can still manifest itself if you are prone to it.

There are lots of good methods today that battle the progression of the disease and reverse the damage where it is possible.

It is not just a medical condition - it also looks bad aestetically.

Many people decide to "medicate" themselves because of this and do even more damage.

Visit a specialist and if he tells you to sport and use some topical cream or elastic socks - do so.

There is one natural recipe I can recommend for varicose veins. It uses horse chestnut and can be prepared at home. It will not be harmful and can be combined with the one your doctor will prescribe.

Just don't forged to ask your doctor about it, don't try to cure yourself over the Internet. I can't stress this enough - If it was easy to analyze, diagnose and cure - there would be no doctors at all.

Stay healthy!


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    • m0rd0r profile image

      Stoill Barzakov 4 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Well, vickestolte - a lot of commercial ointments have horse chestnut extract.

      I put a link in this hub pointing to one of my other articles for home-made topical.

      It will not hurt to try it. It will not be with commercial purity, but if you already have the chestnuts - you can mix it.

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      Victoria Stolte 4 years ago from St. Louis

      I found your information useful, and I myself suffer from this condition- Have you ever looked into the laser treatments for this? I was wondering if that really works or not?

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      Stoill Barzakov 5 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Yes, you should not self medicate. It may do more harm than help.

      And thanks for reading!

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      Teresa Pelka 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Medication for internal use can be good, yet if there is some venal malfunction, it may be important to use ointments locally. I agree that one should see a doctor if the condition develops.