Varicose Veins and Body Weight

On a whole, varicose veins are a mechanical problem. As the heart pumps blood throughout the body, its pumping action is not enough to counter the effects of gravity. Fortunately, two mechanisms help prevent the blood flowing backwards to your veins — the pumping action of the calf muscles and the one-way flap valves in your legs which keep your blood flowing upstream. However, being overweight could actually put pressure into your leg veins, including the one-way flap valves.

Here at our South Dakota vein treatment practice, we encourage our clients to gradually lose the extra pounds as it has been shown that losing at least 10 percent of your body weight could actually result to a dramatic improvement in the appearance of varicose veins.

Avoid Fat Diets and Extreme Caloric Deficits

Losing weight is all about creating a calorie deficit by reducing calorie intake and increasing physical activity to burn the fat stored as excess weight. However, we recommend that you do not go into extreme dieting measures as this could actually compromise regular bodily functions and lead to fatal conditions such as heart rhythm abnormalities. Furthermore, diets that are extremely low in calories could actually reduce the activity of fat-burning enzymes leading to decreased metabolic rate.

Varicose Vein Treatments in Sioux Falls, SD

Let us help you revise your diet and lifestyle for varicose-free legs! The Physicians Vein Clinic employs advanced technologies in the diagnosis and treatment of vein problems, complemented with compassionate patient care which results to positive outcomes. Schedule an initial consultation with us by calling  855-691-6346! We look forward to helping you!