What Men Need to Know about Varicose Veins
Which of these doesn’t fit into your summer plans?
A) Mountain biking
B) Golf with the guys
C) Bonfires and s’mores
D) Weekends at the lake
E) Unsightly veins
If you answered E – you’re not alone. Nearly 60 percent of Americans suffer from vein disorders according to WebMD, and it’s not just older women, about a quarter of those affected are men. Are you one of them? If you find yourself stuck wearing long pants during the hot summer months, you’ll be glad to know there are some simple solutions.
How do I know if I have vein problems?
It’s important to know your symptoms and take action. If left untreated, varicose veins can become venous insufficiency, a more serious yet treatable condition. Symptoms to look out for include:
- Bulging or ropy veins
- Muscle cramping
- Leg heaviness/ache felt on the side, ankles, calves and/or feet
- Lower leg and ankle swelling
- Skin color changes
What can I do to fight vein problems?
Vein problems, both medical and cosmetic, have several risk factors that can lead to bulgy, spidery, unsightly veins on your legs. To combat the problem, follow these tips to take action and return your legs to looking and feeling good.
Ways to fight unsightly veins:
- Hit the gym. Making sure you go to the gym regularly helps increase strength, circulation, and even strengthens your veins. Working out your legs and building muscle tone can help prevent future vein problems.
- Get moving. Working in an office or a job that doesn’t involve a lot of activity can put you at a higher risk for vein problems. Quitting your job isn’t the solution – just incorporate some simple legs exercises while at your desk or set an alarm to remind you to stand up, stretch and take a walk. In addition, try to keep your legs elevated when sitting still for long periods of time. This helps improve your circulation.
- Eat clean, not salty. Your diet is important to keep in check to help manage your weight. Make sure you’re incorporating leafy greens, whole grains and fresh fruits into every meal. You also want to cut back on your salt intake and consuming processed foods. Salt can lead to water retention, which is something to avoid for your vascular health.
- Try compression. You’ve probably seen compression socks and you’re probably thinking they are only for your grandma and her friends – false. Compression on your legs creates comfortable, steady pressure that allows blood to flow throughout your legs and reduces the risk of vein problems and clotting.
When should I seek help?
If these tips don’t provide relief and your vein problems are still keeping you from living life to its fullest, it’s important to seek help for your symptoms.
The Bronson Vein Clinic is specifically designed for the diagnosis and treatment of vein disease. Whether your vein problem is medical or cosmetic, you’ll receive comprehensive vascular care. Our service includes screening as well as testing and evaluation to identify the type of treatment that is right for you.
Ready to see some results? Schedule a free screening today. You will meet one-on-one with of our vein specialists who will do an initial assessment and talk about your treatment options. Schedule now.
Need more information? Give us a call at (269) 341-7333 or visit bronsonhealth.com/veins.
The Bronson Heart & Vascular team is committed to heart and vascular disease prevention, and sharing easy steps you can take to live a healthier life. Looking for a Bronson doctor to help you? For a complete list of providers at Bronson, visit bronsonhealth.com/find-a-doctor or call Bronson HealthAnswers at (269) 341-7723.