Did you know that a whopping 30 million Americans between 40 and 80 suffer from varicose veins?
To make matters worse, varicose vein disease is often overlooked, almost invariably misunderstood, and seldom recognized for what it is. If you suffer from varicose veins or even suspect this as a possibility, it is time to overhaul all the misconceptions and incorrect conclusions you might have drawn about this silent but troublesome disease.
What Are Varicose Veins?
As the name implies, varicose veins are essentially a vein disorder. Veins are meant to act as one-way channels, carrying blood that lacks oxygen towards the heart for purification and further distribution. When this balance is upset, impure blood can flow in the wrong direction, clot, or collect within the veins. As a result, the veins end up swollen, off-color (blue or reddish tinge), and can even cause pain. No one wants that!
The good news is that varicose veins are a treatable condition. The not so good news is that people don’t always reach out for help. As we expose the good, the bad and the downright ugly of varicose veins with these 11 undeniable truths, you can expect to develop a better awareness of the facts and easily weed out the irrelevant fiction.
Varicose Veins are Not a Natural Part of Aging
This is good news. Like most diseases, varicose veins are sometimes inherited. But for most of us, it manifests due to a sedentary lifestyle.
If you do not allow your body to function as it was designed to – to walk, climb, jump, and move through exercise – it will rebel. This includes your individual body parts, muscles, bones, blood vessels, and of course, your veins. But if you can learn to adapt to a sensibly active lifestyle, you can and should expect to enjoy continued good health, even during your advanced years.