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Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are caused by a weakening of the bloods transport vessels, veins, which travel from the body parts back to the heart. When the veins become weakened they can cause a bulging in the vessel wall and the blood collects there. Each vein has a valve that helps the blood keep flowing in the right direction. If a valve shuts down or doesn’t function properly, the blood can back up and collect there as well. These weakened veins are visible if they are close to the surface of the skin and the bulging affect causes the skin to protrude.

A varicose vein typically occurs in the legs. It appears as bulging and discolored skin. Noteworthy is that hemorrhoids are considered varicose veins as well. Sometimes it can become dry and itchy, and painful. An unhealthy cardiovascular system is the cause for concern, as varicose veins can lead to Deep Vein Thrombosis, DVT. These are veins that are primarily important and are less easy to see from the surface of the skin.

Adults over the age of 50 are very likely to have this condition. In fact, 50% of all of adults of the age of 50 have varicose veins. Women and people who stand over long extended periods of time are prone to get them. People who have increased risk of getting varicose veins have these factors in common.

  • Hormonal Changes; pregnancy, puberty, menopause, or hormonal birth control pills.
  • Age
  • Genetics; those with family members that have it may also get it.
  • Sun Exposure
  • Prolonged standing or injury to legs
  • Obesity
  • Other related conditions that can cause weakening of the veins.

Varicose veins occur for many reason, mainly the cause is when the blood backs up and collects in the vein. This can account for the bulging up of the skin.

Causes of varicose veins:

  • Excessive pressure during bowel movements.
  • Weakness or thin vessel walls.
  • Stand or heavy lifting for extended periods of time.
  • Inflammation in the veins from damage
  • Low fiber diet
  • Malfunctioning valves

Varicose Veins vs. Spider Veins

As was stated previously, varicose veins are bulging veins that can be seen from the skins’ surface. Often times they can be discolored or dry and itchy. It can cause the legs to feel heavy and painful as well. Spider veins are smaller veins that are closer to the surface. They don’t protrude, but you can visually see the vein as jagged blue lines that resemble spider webs.


Your blood supply transports nutrients and oxygen to all areas of the body. As it travels through your body via vessels, it travels from the heart to vital organs and superficial areas like the skin, then back to the heart.
If your blood system is not healthy or not allowed to perform its vital functions the system will break down and certain things will occur because of it. Varicose veins are an indication that something is occurring in your veins.

There are things that can be done to increase the longevity of your vital microcirculation. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle of eating healthy foods, avoiding foods that cause harm or you are allergic to, keeping hydrated and exercising regularly will get you started on the right path. Other steps that can be taken are enhancing your circulation with supplements and eating a diet high in fiber. Fiber is a substance that is hard for humans to digest and this is fortunate since it acts as a sponge to your intestines. It has been shown that a high fiber diet is very important in optimizing your blood circulation. If you have to stand for long periods of time, make sure you have comfortable and ankle supporting shoes, and avoid standing on very hard surfaces like concrete or pavement.

Exercise is very good for increasing the flow of blood. Depending on your exercise limitations, push yourself to reach or exceed your exercise goals. Stretching is a great way of improving flexibility not only in your muscles but your connective tissue and veins.


Your veins play an important part in delivering oxygen and nutrients. After it has made their deliveries, it travels back to your heart. Blood can only travel in one direction; sometimes the blood can get stuck behind valves that help push it to the heart. This can happen from weakened vein tissue or valves that do not function properly. This can cause the bulging vein signs of varicose or spider veins. It is something you can live with unless it becomes a serious condition known as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). For a variety of reasons and increased risk factors 50% of people the age of 50 or older have varicose veins. So prevention and a therapeutic plan can be quite beneficial to all. Consulting a medical professional may be helpful in determining your own personal risk factors. Otherwise, living a healthy lifestyle is the only way of maintaining optimal health and increased health, vitality and longevity.


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