How To Prevent Varicose Veins [Expert Advice]

A few days ago, a new patient at our Maui vein treatment center in Hawaii asked, “Can you help me? I hear different claims from different people on how 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 do to keep varicose veins away?”We understand her confusion because as a leading Hawaii vein specialist, we hear the same conflicting claims on preventing varicose veins.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 a long time CAN increase your varicose vein risk as well. So what should you do to avoid veins on legs?

Use your common sense – you can’t prevent varicose veins problems, but you can lower them. The answer we wound up giving to this patient is the same as 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 require us to stand or sit for extended periods, so what can you do fix varicose veins? 

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 risk of varicose veins? Other risk factors that you can work on to stop varicose veins from getting worse include:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Increase your daily activity by getting enough regular exercise. Inactivity (being a couch potato) is as dangerous for your vein health as smoking.
  4. Wear medical-grade compression stockings to improve your circulation, and spend some time every day with your legs elevated.

The best vein doctor can help you lower your 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 vein specialists can help you reduce your varicose vein risk, but they depend on your condition and your habits about 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 improving your vein health and reduce your risk of developing vein diseases, our best advice is to sit down with Dr. Randall S. Juleff during your next vein treatment appointment and tell him that is what you want to do. Dr. Juleff has helped 1000s of patients to eliminate their existing vein problems and prevent new ones, and he can do the same for you. So get expert advice from Dr. Juleff on how to prevent varicose veins today by scheduling an appointment online.


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