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.