6. Obesity

Obesity

Being overweight can increase the chances of having blood clots form. This is a risk that only increases more and more, depending on how much body weight one carries around. This comes as a result of the excess cholesterol that builds up within the blood vessels, which may stick together, causing the vessels to get thinner and thinner. Obesity may also compound with other factors that increase the risk of blood clots. Even setting blood clots aside, there are other harmful health conditions that are more likely to arise as a result of being overweight, like diabetes and heart disease.

In order to combat obesity, a healthy diet and regular exercise are important. A healthy diet will help one to moderate not only how many calories make it into the diet, but also the quality of those calories. Instead of getting too many from fats and sugars, eat more fruits and vegetables in order to secure vitamins and minerals rather than empty calories. This means less fat in, and more of the nutrients your body needs to build a better you. By the same token, regular exercise is just as important. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise daily.

5. Sedentary Lifestyle

Sedentary Lifestyle

A sedentary lifestyle also contributes to blood clots in inappropriate places. When one considers that obesity is generally associated with a less active lifestyle, it becomes clear how these two elements might compound to drastically increase the odds of a problematic clot. However, obesity is not the only factor when it comes to being sedentary; unfortunately, those who are injured and require large amounts of bed rest are at an increased risk for such clots as well. Even setting injury aside, simply staying in one place while working may also contribute, which is problematic, considering the number of office jobs.

Because of the increased risk of DVT and other blood clots from a sedentary lifestyle, regular exercise becomes even more important. If you work in the sort of job that involves a lot of sitting, take opportunities to at least stand and stretch, or go for short walks. Definitely be active during breaks and at lunchtime. This activity will spur blood flow, keeping it from getting too sluggish, and therefore decreasing the risk of clotting. If you absolutely can’t get more exercise into your workday, that’s all the more of a reason to be more active once outside of the office.

4. Smoking

Smoking

There are a lot of health risks associated with smoking, and blood clots are another to add to the list.  This is because of the effect that smoking has on the circulatory system. The chemicals in cigarette smoke can cause damage to the arteries, which leads them to harden. Cigarette smoke can also generate plaque. This can lead to a whole host of heart-related conditions, like high blood pressure, but also including blood clots, which increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and pulmonary embolisms. For smokers, there is a lot more at stake than just one’s respiratory health.

The solution to this matter is obvious. Quitting smoking can improve your health in so many ways, some of which have nothing at all to do with blood clots. Those who quit smoking can expect to see decreases in their blood pressure, improved lung capacity, better olfactory senses,  hair, skin, and teeth improvements. If you’re a regular smoker, quitting can seem like a daunting task. In such cases, having a regular support group, or even just a goal to be attained can help tremendously. Furthermore, you don’t need to quit cold turkey. Quitting smoking can be much easier in stages.

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