Good advice on staying healthy and fit is available in abundance, but the amount
of people who practice unhealthy eating and live sedentary lifestyles would go far to
show that when it comes to heeding good advice, people just aren’t following it.
Failure to achieve and maintain a healthier lifestyle can lead overweight people
down the path of vein disease, which in turn can lead to unsightly vein issues and even
pain. On top of the added stress to your joints and internal organs, increased risk for
high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and heart disease (are these not good enough
reasons on their own to make a case for healthier living?) being overweight can lead to
venous reflux disease.
What is venous reflux disease, you ask? Well, the veins in your legs have valves
in them that keep blood flowing from your lower extremities back towards your heart.
The valves open to send the circulatory flow of your blood back up towards your heart,
then close to keep the blood from backflowing (a.k.a venous reflux) into your legs,
calves, and feet.
People who are overweight put excess strain on their veins, and this added
pressure can cause damage to the valves, preventing them from functioning properly
and causing venous reflux. This impairment of returning blood flow can cause the veins
to enalrge, bulge and can also lead to painful swelling, varicose veins, skin discoloration,
even open ulcers on the skin.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or would just like to learn more
about how you can combat venous reflux disease, please contact Ponte Vedra Vein
Institute and make an appointment to schedule a complimentary consultation and vein
screening, and get your questions about spider veins, varicose veins, and other vein
ailments answered by professionals who genuinely care about helping you.