Varicose veins are becoming increasingly common. Scientists believe it is due to the sedentary lifestyle that we lead. A lifestyle in which exercise is neglected will result in weight gain and poor circulation, both of which are huge contributing factors to the development of varicose veins.
But varicose veins are most common in the elderly, this is due to the slowing down of the circulation, the thinning of the vein walls and the lack of exercise due to reduced physical capabilities.
There are many things that can be done when you are elderly to significantly reduce the risk of varicose veins.
Walking is one of the best things that you can do so take a gentle stroll or a brisk walk whenever you can.
Varicose veins occur when the small valves in the veins stop working to their full efficiency, and allow blood to flow backwards and eventually the vein will become varicose. You need to make sure your circulation is as good as it can be to avoid this happening. Massaging the legs or having someone else massage them will help to improve the circulation and avoid uncomfortable swelling.
There are many gadgets that are available that claim to help increase the circulation but you do not have to spend a fortune to do this. Gently rotate your ankles when you are sitting. Bend your knees and hold for five seconds and release. Many doctors recommend that you spend at least thirty minutes with your legs elevated above your heart. Lie on your bed and rest your legs against the wall to do this.
Sleeping with your legs elevated is a great way to help aid circulation. Prop your feet and legs up with a couple of pillows and this will help increase circulation and improve swelling.
Excess weight will put pressure on the veins and legs, it will also decrease the circulation and this could result in varicose veins.