It’s commonly known that being overweight or obese puts additional pressure on your heart, muscles, bones, and lungs. Being overweight can lead to heart disease, diabetes, and vein disease, including varicose veins.
If you’re starting to notice signs of vein disease, such as spider veins, loss of circulation to the legs, blood pooling in your ankles, or the purplish bulges of varicose veins, losing weight can help.
You probably also want to visit the vein specialists at Metro Vein Clinic for a consultation about your veins. If weight loss doesn’t clear up all of the symptoms, there are other therapies we can do to help relieve pressure and get your legs ready to wear shorts again.
Weight Control to Improve Varicose Veins
Being obese is a significant contributor to developing vein disease, although many factors cause someone to develop varicose veins. Just as extra pounds put more pressure on your joints, they also put additional strain on your veins.
When you’re overweight, it becomes harder and harder for your heart and your veins to circulate your blood.
Blood begins to pool in your legs, unable to climb back to your heart. The pressure from the added pounds puts stress on your vein walls, and over time, larger veins in your legs begin to bulge.
The trapped blood in your leg veins also leads to aches, pain, swelling, itching, and in some people, leg cramps and restless legs – all symptoms of vein disease.
Being overweight also exacerbates other risk factors associated with vein disease, such as genetics, being older, a history of blood clots, certain medications, and standing for prolonged periods.
If you want to know how to get rid of varicose veins, losing weight is a good start. Even if it doesn’t reverse your vein disease, the additional health benefits from losing weight will make you feel better overall.
Losing weight will also help other varicose vein treatments such as sclerotherapy that we provide at Metro Vein Clinic to work better and last longer.
Can Weight Loss Reverse Varicose Veins?
Losing weight can significantly improve symptoms from your varicose veins. Weight loss leads to improved circulation, which will help your veins do their job and stop more blood from pooling in your legs.
The reduced pressure will lessen the bulging in the veins and prevent varicose veins from getting worse. Weight loss cannot reverse the damage from varicose veins, but it does improve circulation, slow or halt the progress of the disease, and make other treatments for varicose veins more effective.
Losing Weight Can Prevent Varicose Veins
We’ve already talked about how being overweight can cause or worsen varicose veins. But if you don’t already have vein disease, losing weight can help prevent it from developing.
As you age, your risk for vein disease increases, especially if you are female. When you lose weight, you’ll relieve pressure on your veins and improve your circulation, contributing to vein health.
Another way to help prevent vein disease is regular exercise and movement. Swimming and other aquatic activities, walking, dancing, gardening, and cycling or using an elliptical are all excellent ways to improve circulation and healthier veins. Exercising will also help you lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.
How Much Weight Should I Lose?
Many people who realize they need to lose weight wonder, “how much weight should I lose?” The answer is different for every person, even if their starting weight is the same.
Visit your doctor and get a physical. He or she will take your weight, vital body measurements, determine your percentage of fat and your body mass index or BMI.
They may also order some bloodwork to check your blood sugar levels and insulin resistance to screen for diabetes or check your thyroid hormone levels to look at your metabolism.
They’ll also check your blood pressure to be sure it’s within normal limits and do some circulation tests.
After your physical, you can discuss ways to lose weight. Analyzing your current weight and BMI, your doctor can recommend a healthier weight range for you.
They will talk with you about nutrition and exercise and help you establish a plan to meet your goals and reap the weight loss rewards.
Healthy Weight Loss
Losing weight too quickly with so-called crash dieting isn’t healthy in the long-term. Most people gain back the weight they’ve lost as quickly as they lost it.
For healthy weight loss and management, an appropriate amount of weight to lose is 1-2 lbs per week. Limiting your calories to a specific amount per day, eating healthy whole foods, limiting processed foods and sugar, and increasing your exercise will help you achieve steady and manageable weight loss.
If you already have vein disease or varicose veins, wearing compression stockings while your exercise is a good idea to help relieve leg pressure.
As the pounds come off, one of your weight loss rewards will be better circulation and lessened symptoms of vein disease. You’re also likely to have more energy and reduced pain and inflammation elsewhere.
Let Metro Vein Specialists help with Your Varicose Veins
Sometimes, weight loss can help with the pain, pressure, and itching of varicose veins, but make the vein bulges stand out more prominently on your smaller legs.
At Metro Vein, we can help remove varicose veins and improve the appearance of your legs. We have many painless, in-office procedures we can do on your lunch break from work that will give you immediate results and relief.
Get your rewards from weight loss, such as improved stamina, energy, and vein health. Reward yourself for meeting your weight loss goals with a trip to Metro Vein Clinic and Spa.
Our consultants will help you determine which vein treatments are right for your needs, and help improve your symptoms and your appearance.
While you’re in the vein clinic, you can also talk to us about body contouring, liposuction, Botox, and injectable fillers.
As you lose weight and improve your veins, the specialists at Metro Vein Clinic can help you finish your weight loss journey with some spa treatments to show off the new, healthier you. Give us a call to make an appointment.