As years go by, our bodies begin to develop changes. All these changes are predetermined by nature while some could be good others could be unwanted and annoying. Varicose veins and spider veins are among the most annoying changes the human body could ever have. In addition to being painful they are an eyesore and traumatizing to the individual. Studies suggest that in the United States alone, more than 40 million people suffer from varicose veins and it is estimated that 30% of the people that are over 50 years old living in Europe have varicose and spider veins. Varicose veins are gnarled, dilated vessels that occur frequently in the legs. They are generally caused by pressure in the veins that over a period of time weakens and damages the vessel valves and walls. Pregnancy, being overweight, and jobs requiring a lot of standing can increase the development of these characteristic veins. Spider veins on the other hand are smaller, red, purple and blue vessels that are twisted and turned. They are visible on the chest and face. For many of the affected, varicose veins and spider veins are just minor unsightly nuisances, but they can be a deterrence to walking or even standing due to the unfathomable pain they cause and in extreme cases, they can lead to skin cancer. While there is no predetermined method of preventing formation of these varicose veins, there are a number of ways that can assist you to decrease our chances of getting them. Below are ten ways to fight varicose and spider veins.

1. Be aware of your risk factors

Some people are more prone to developing varicose veins than the rest of us. Knowing the risk factors for getting varicose is therefore important and will help you choose healthy lifestyle habits that will not aggravate the same. If you have any or several of the risk factors you may want to reconsider consulting with your doctor on how to manage your risk. The risk factors include:
  • Genetics: If any member of your immediate family has varicose veins, the risks of you developing the same are high. Also, if you were born with weaker vein valves the risks are tripled and you need to consider modifications to your way of living to ensure that you avoid developing varicose veins. CONTINUE ON THE NEXT PAGE...

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