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The Impact of Weight Gain on Vein Disease

A healthy lifestyle with a combination of exercise and balanced diet is the key to maintaining “that”

ideal weight. Regular exercise and walking is essential to reduce those extra kilos. It is a fact that the

organs of our body struggle to tackle the pressure that comes with weight gain.

Obesity leads to blood circulation problems in the body. Veins carry blood back to the heart for

purification. When the body weight increases it causes the valves in the veins to damage which leads

to venous insufficiency, varicose veins and blood clots. Obesity causes an increase in cholesterol

levels which may lead to heart attacks, stroke and other heart diseases. Blood pressure increases as

a result of obesity which is another contributing factor for heart diseases.

As a result of weight gain our knees, hips, legs and feet take a severe beating. The veins in the lower

part of our body have the difficult task of carrying the blood against gravity. Over a period of time the

vein walls wear out restricting the blood from flowing back. This causes varicose veins which are

painful and are accompanied by fatigue, heaviness, and cramps, itching and swelling.

The obese develop vein diseases which prevents them from exercising and thus there is further

weight gain. This is a vicious circle. People with vein diseases do not want to exercise as they fear the

pain. The incidence of vein diseases is more in women than in men. Weight gain as a result of

pregnancy and menopause causes increased pressure in the legs and thus causes Varicose veins.

Weight control and Vein diseases can be treated in the following ways:

 Exercise and Yoga

 A fibre rich healthy diet. Avoid fried and fatty foods

 Keeping the leg in an elevated position

 Avoid standing and sitting for longer periods

 Avoid wearing high heels

Diet alone will not help in weight loss. Physical activities that help in preventing vein diseases are

cycling, jogging, walking, swimming, dancing, and rowing. Support stockings and hose provide relief

from the pain and prevent backflow of blood caused by weak valves. There are many treatments for

varicose veins. Apart from surgery, Sclerotherapy, Endovenous Laser Therapy and Ambulatory

Phlebectomy are some of the minimally invasive treatment methods.

We can thus conclude that weight gain has a direct impact on vein diseases. It is best to maintain a

healthy lifestyle which will help in keeping the weight under control.

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