The Connection Between Vein Disease and Weight Gain

The Connection Between Vein Disease and Weight Gain

Approximately 70 percent of all U.S. men and 60 percent of U.S. women are overweight or obese. Did you know that high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease and increased risk of stroke are all negative health issues that can arise from carrying excess weight?

People who are overweight put unnecessary pressure on their veins and damage the valves inside them. These valves are responsible for pushing deoxygenated blood back toward the heart. When they cannot do this efficiently, blood reflux occurs. Blood reflux leads to swelling, discolored skin, varicose veins, leg ulcers or even blood clots.

People living with the pain and discomfort of varicose veins, or other symptoms of venous insufficiency, are less likely to exercise because even the simple act of walking can become laborious. Inactivity exacerbates vein disease, which in turn contributes to inactivity. It’s a difficult cycle to correct.

If you are living with the pain and discomfort of varicose veins due to weight gain, Dr. Rimas Gilvydis recommends treating the vein condition first before beginning an exercise routine. Specialized treatment will help your legs feel lighter and more comfortable, giving you the ability to easily exercise and improve your overall health.

Prevent weight gain and promote vein health

Here are a few easy ways to maintain healthy weight and promote vein health. These include:

  • Exercise
    Walking, jogging, cycling, yoga or swimming are all easy, ideal ways to help maintain a healthy weight and improve blood circulation and overall vein health.
  • Elevate
    Elevate your legs above your heart to encourage blood flow back to your heart. This can also help alleviate swelling, especially if you stand or sit for prolonged periods of time. Wearing compression stockings can help encourage blood to flow back toward the heart.
  • Diet
    Maintain a healthy diet rich in lean proteins, fiber, healthy fats, fruits and vegetables to promote vein health and control your weight.

If you are experiencing signs and symptoms of vein disease, contact Northern Illinois Vein Clinic today at 855-591-1357. Dr. Rimas Gilvydis is ready to provide specialized treatment solutions to help improve your overall vein health.