A topic not often discussed amongst men is venous insufficiency. Guys, as we get older, we’re not as physically fit as we used to be, our eating habits don’t reflect the lack of exercise we get, and we find ourselves in a seated position more than we were 10 years ago, either due to increased air travel or time spent in a car. All of these factors can take their toll on your body and your circulatory system in particular.
Blood can pool in the legs due to inadequate blood flow. Varicose veins and blood clots are often the culprit. If you suspect you may suffer from venous insufficiency, consult your physician. A number of risk factors contribute to the likelihood of venous insufficiency including: obesity, smoking, injury, and inactivity.
Some signs that you may have venous insufficiency include swelling around your ankles or legs, leg cramps, itchy legs, a change in the coloration of the skin around the ankles, or tightness in your calves. If any of the following apply to you, get it looked at. It’s easy to disregard, but it may be the beginning of a more serious condition, so guys, get it checked out and do something about it.
Men in their 30s and 40s are not above developing varicose veins. In fact, it’s on the rise. If you’d like to know what you can do to combat varicose veins, follow these tips. Exercise; doing so will keep your vein walls strong. Try and involve your calves when you do so. When standing, don’t remain motionless. Gently sway from side to side. When sitting, tap your foot or raise your legs. Stay away from foods high in sodium which result in fluid retention. Try to follow these healthy behaviors and you’ll be in great shape.