Just a few days ago, a new patient at our Maui vein treatment center in Hawaii asked, “Can you help me? I hear so many different claims from so many different people about the best way to prevent varicose veins. Some tell me that standing too much is bad, and others tell me that sitting too much is bad. So which is worse for my veins, and what should I really do to keep varicose veins away?”
We understand her confusion, because as Hawaii vein specialists we hear the same conflicting claims. The best answer we can provide is that there is a case to be made for both points of view –standing for long periods of CAN increase your risk of developing varicose veins, and sitting for long periods of time CAN increase your varicose vein risk as well. So what should you do?
Use your common sense – you can’t eliminate ALL of your risks for vein disease, but you can lower them
The answer we wound up giving to this patient is the same we give above – both standing too long and sitting too long can impair your circulation and put pressure on your veins and thus increase your risk of developing varicose veins. But we have to live our lives as best we can, and some careers actually require us to stand or sit for extending periods of time, so what can you do?
Our best advice as vein care specialists in Kauai and Maui is to do what is necessary – standing or sitting – but take “mini-breaks” at least once every hour to counteract the effects of either sitting too long or standing too long.
What else can you do to lower your vein disease risk?
Other risk factors that you can work on to reduce your varicose vein risk include:
If you are overweight, work with your doctors to find diet plans to help you lose weight. Every pound you lose reduces your overall varicose vein risk.
If you smoke cigarettes, you should stop. Today. I don’t know how we can get any clearer than that. Smoking is as bad for your veins as it is for your heart.
Increase your daily activity by getting enough regular exercise. Inactivity (being a couch potato) is as dangerous for your vein health as smoking.
Wear medical-grade compression stockings to improve your circulation, and spend some time every day with your legs elevated.
The best vein doctor in Hawaii can help you lower your varicose vein risk
As additional advice, we would recommend that you think of your vein doctor as a resource to help you find ways to stay healthy. There are many other ways that Hawaii vein specialists can help you reduce your varicose vein risk, but they depend on your individual condition and your individual habits with regard to diet, exercise, and other lifestyle choices. Other than the generic suggestions above, what will work to reduce one patient’s varicose vein risk may not work as well for someone else with a vastly different lifestyle.
So if you are serious about wanting to improve your vein health and reduce your risk of developing varicose veins or other vein diseases, our best advice is to sit down with Dr. Randall S. Juleff during your next Maui vein treatment appointment and tell him that is what you want to do. Dr. Juleff has helped literally thousands of patients to eliminate their existing vein problems and prevent new ones, and he can do the same for you. So start your varicose vein prevention program today by calling Dr. Juleff or go online to schedule. You’ll be glad you did.