Spider veins are tiny, dilated vessels that develop just below the skin’s surface. Like varicose veins, spider veins can occur throughout a woman’s adult life but become more common as she ages. Unfortunately, spider veins are not completely preventable, but there are steps that you can take every day to help slow the process and reduce your risk. Read on to learn more about limiting spider and varicose veins into older adulthood.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Many spider and varicose veins develop due to increased pressure placed on the lower body by excess weight. Exercising most days of the week and eating a healthy, balanced diet can help you to maintain a healthy body weight and reduce the risk of spider veins. Participating in regular physical activity will help to promote muscle strength in the legs, which assists venous circulation. A high-fiber, low-salt diet helps to prevent constipation, which may contribute to spider and varicose veins.
For more information on a great medically assisted weight loss program offered in each of our four office locations, please ask to speak with a New Start Wellness and Weight Loss Center representative or visit their informative website at www.newstartwellness.com.
Wear the Right Clothing
Choosing the right outfit each day can make a difference in the development of spider veins. Avoiding high-heeled shoes, for example, can help to better tone the calf muscles to promote healthy circulation. Tight clothing that constricts the waist, groin, or legs should also be avoided, as they may increase your risk of developing spider veins.
Protect Yourself From the Sun
Excessive sun exposure may not only increase your risk of developing skin cancer; it may also lead to the development of spider veins, especially on the face. To reduce your risk of both conditions, consider wearing sun-protective clothing and purchase a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor of at least 30.
Living a healthy, balanced lifestyle is important for maintaining youthful energy and vitality into older adulthood. If you would like to learn more about the spider veins and their treatment, contact the Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center today at (407) 293-5944. Our practice is dedicated to providing advanced, minimally invasive treatment for varicose and spider veins.