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Lifestyle Changes that Can Help Prevent Varicose Veins

by | Aug 17, 2023

If you are suffering from varicose veins or may have them in your family, knowing how to prevent them is important. These lifestyle changes can help even if you have already started getting them to keep them from getting worse or developing at all. 

Woman traveling without varicose veins worry

Understanding Varicose Veins 

Varicose veins are veins that have twisted and swollen due to pressure changes and lifestyle impacts on the veins for long periods. In the beginning, these veins do not have a lot of symptoms, but they are pretty visible in your body. Over time, however, they can start to impact your blood flow and have adverse reactions to your vascular system. 

Read our “Varicose Vein Treatments: Types, Causes, and Diagnosis” blog post for an overview of what varicose veins are. Moreover,  why they occur, and how we can help. Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic in Singapore can aid patients to manage their symptoms.

Lifestyle Changes

Excess weight or living a sedentary lifestyle creates a harder job for blood to flow through the veins in your legs. This can cause circulatory problems, even varicose veins. The good news is with some lifestyle modifications, you can possibly alleviate pressure from the veins and improve blood flow with weight loss, a balanced diet, and regular exercise. While some types of exercise, though, such as distance running and some weight lifting, can increase blood pooling in the leg area, there are other physical activities that help to strengthen the veins’ walls and valves such as walking, swimming, and cycling.  It’s important to check with your medical professional for your varicose vein condition and current level of health.

To keep your legs healthy, it is important to understand how varicose veins occur, whether they are preventable and the best treatment option. Read our blog post, “How to Prevent Varicose Veins: Best Practices to Follow” to learn more about stopping varicose veins in their tracks proactively and prevent them from getting worse. 

Weight

When you carry a healthy weight, new varicose veins will reduce. According to the CDC, a healthy weight means you are within 18.5 % to 24.9% of body fat compared to your weight and height.

Losing weight may not reduce the appearance of the veins you currently have for someone already with varicose veins, but you can prevent new ones from developing. By reducing your weight, you alleviate pressure on your veins that cause them to develop.

Healthy Diet

Another way to keep those varicose veins away is to embrace a healthy diet to ensure your body functions properly. One of the best things you can do for your diet is add additional fiber so that your body is regular and all the systems are functioning properly.

Other recommended foods that give your body energy and maintain healthy veins include whole grains, vegetables, and lean proteins. When you overeat or eat too much of the wrong foods, your veins will suffer and have unwanted pressure that can cause varicose veins to develop.

Exercises

It would be best to exercise regularly to keep your veins moving and burn off the energy you get from a healthy diet. The best exercises you can do for your legs and veins are to climb stairs regularly and to do a lot of walking. Avoid taking the escalator or the elevator if you don’t have to.

Stretches are also great for varicose veins. By allowing your veins to elongate and stretch, the blood can flow easily through the veins, and you have less chance of these veins developing.

Long Term Effects of Untreated Varicose Veins

Ignoring any potential health concerns, such as your varicose veins, can lead to serious long-term consequences. 

What to Avoid

If you have started developing varicose veins and want them to stop, however, you should not do any excessive heavy lifting in your legs and lower body because that will add to the unwanted pressure. Also, lunges and long-term cardio can put your veins under unnecessary stress, causing them to twist and swell.

Ignoring any potential health concerns from varicose veins can lead to serious long-term consequences. While it might seem inconvenient or worrisome to visit a doctor, getting a proper assessment and timely treatment can make a significant difference in preventing further complications.

Compression Stockings

Because varicose veins can impact the blood flow in your leg, you can use compression stockings to encourage a steady blood flow in the right direction. The tightness keeps the veins from having the opportunity to twist and swell because all the blood is channeled through the veins steadily. Since your legs cannot swell, the veins are not able to swell and twist due to being heavy.

You should wear these compression stockings when you are exercising and planning to be doing a lot of moving. If you wear them most of the day, you do want to remove them when you get home to give your legs a break. A varicose vein doctor in Singapore like Dr. Manish Taneja can recommend medical-grade compression clothing that will decrease blood pooling in your lower body.

Woman’s Susceptibility to Varicose Veins and Spider Veins

Did you know that varicose veins and spider veins are more prevalent in women than men? Pregnant women are also at an increased risk of developing the conditions. Women are more likely to get varicose veins resulting from a unique blend of genetic, hormonal, and lifestyle factors. Learn about the distinct risk factors that women face that increase their susceptibility to varicose veins. 

Varicose Vein Treatment Options at Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic in Singapore

We provide care and treatment options at our specialized varicose veins clinic at Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic in Singapore. If you have developed varicose veins, there are several treatment options that you can consider to help with the condition so that it does not worsen. Specialized care for varicose veins includes:

  • Laser Endovenous Treatment (EVLT)
  • Radio-Frequency Endovenous Ablation (RS)
  • VenaSeal Endovenous Closure System
  • Surgical Removal

These are some of the most popular treatments utilized for varicose veins, in addition to lifestyle changes that can improve the varicose vein condition you are experiencing. When you meet with a varicose veins specialist about your condition, they can help determine the path for your personalized treatment. Read more in detail about varicose veins treatments in Singapore that’s right for you at our clinic.

Treating Varicose Veins Can Improve Vascular Health

Even if you have already started developing varicose veins, it is vital to your health to undergo treatment and work to keep them from developing further. Your vascular system works as well as the blood flow going to all the different places in your body. By reducing and repairing the already twisted, swollen, or damaged veins, you improve your overall health and encourage healthy systems.

Are you ready for a change? At Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic in Singapore, Dr. Manish Taneja cares for a spectrum of vascular treatments including peripheral arterial disease and venous diseases. His expertise means you’ll have professional and knowledgeable care no matter which treatment you decide is best for you. Contact us today to learn more about our treatments at our varicose veins clinic and how we can help you.

When Is It Time to See a Varicose Veins Specialist?

If you’re experiencing vein pain, noticeable swelling, or tenderness in the area, it’s important to consult a varicose veins specialist.

Am I at Risk of Varicose Veins, Spider Veins, or Deep Vein Thrombosis?

The appearance of varicose and spider veins on your body is nothing of immediate concern. If there are symptoms associated with them, schedule a visit with your doctor to diagnose and treat varicose veins. Spider veins, varicose veins, and deep vein thrombosis (DVT) can occur on individuals with all body types, genders, and ages. The following demographics may have a higher chance of experiencing them.

  • Those who are overweight (therefore, maintain a healthy weight to reduce the pressure)
  • Pregnant women
  • Females
  • Individuals between the ages of 40 and 80
  • Those who are inactive/not exercising (even sitting or standing for long periods)
  • Smoker
  • Frequent flyers
  • Those who have had surgery or leg trauma

Varicose veins specialist, Dr. Manish Taneja, offers comprehensive care for varicose veins patients at Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic in Singapore.

Assessment of Varicose Veins

Clinical examination and ultrasound doppler scan are most important tools in assessment and deciding management of varicose veins. This takes about 15-20 minutes to do and is usually done in the clinic itself.

Treatment of Varicose Veins

There are various techniques available to treat varicose veins depending on clinical presentation. These include:

  • Conservative medical management including compression socks
  • Laser endovenous treatment (EVLT)
  • Radio-frequency endovenous ablation (RFA)
  • Clarivein endovenous treatment
  • VenaSeal endovenous closure system
  • Microwave endovenous ablation
  • Open surgery
  • Venous avulsions
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Cryolaser and cryosclerotherapy

What are the Advantages of Minimally Invasive Treatments?

  • No major surgery
  • No or minimal visible scars
  • Quick recovery
  • Same day admission and discharge
  • Clinic based treatments

Learn more about “Spider Veins: Types, Symptoms, and Treatment”. Although they might be a cosmetic concern, they can also lead to serious health issues. You might also be interested in on our other blog post “Deep Vein Thrombosis: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment”.

Consult a Vascular Specialist for Your Varicose Veins and Spider Veins

Dr. Manish Taneja, a certified vascular and varicose veins specialist in Singapore, has extensive experience in the treatment of all vascular interventions and looks after venous diseases like varicose veins, spider veins, and reticular veins. Come in for a further evaluation. Arrange an appointment with Dr. Manish Taneja, our varicose veins specialist. 

 

Dr. Manish Taneja performing surgery

Varicose Veins Resources

Explore our varicose veins and spider veins resources for patients. Gain insight into the diagnosis and treatment of varicose and spider veins conditions, their underlying causes, symptoms, and complications. Connect with your vascular health.

Keep Varicose Veins and Spider Veins at Bay

If your legs feel sore persistently, achy when standing long periods, or maybe you notice blue or purple veins even bulging in the area, chances are these symptoms of varicose veins and spider veins could lead to other serious venous diseases such as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI), or Leg Swelling due to increased pressure forming larger blood clots over time. Varicose veins are fully treatable with minimally invasive procedures and treatments offering minimal downtime and quick recovery preventing further complications. Long term effects of untreated varicose veins can hinder your daily life and impact your health.

The Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic in Singapore is here to diagnose and treat varicose veins smoothening patients’ experience to find relief and comfort. As a vascular and interventional radiology specialist based in Singapore, Dr. Manish Taneja looks after a spectrum of venous diseases, peripheral vascular malformations, and peripheral arterial disease. Dr. Manish Taneja also has extensive experience in performing all vascular interventions, non-vascular interventions and interventional oncology procedures.

Other Health Conditions

The Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic is your “go-to” facility for various conditions and treatments. To arrange an appointment with Dr. Manish Taneja, our varicose veins specialist, contact us. You can also call us at (+65) 6904 8084 for a consultation.