Q10. How do you prevent varicose veins?

A10. There is no cure for varicose veins but it is possible to minimise the risk of developing them.

This is more difficult if you have a family history of varicose veins but even so, there are things you can do to reduce your risk of getting them.

These include taking breaks if you are sat down for long periods of time. If your job involves standing on your feet for most of the day then try and walk around or transfer your weight from one foot to another.

Exercise on a daily basis. This does not have to mean a gym; rather that you find something which you enjoy doing and increases your heart rate as well.

Walking is a very good form of exercise.

Follow a healthy diet. This is particularly important if you are overweight as carrying excess body fat puts a strain on the veins which damages them.

A healthy diet also prevents constipation which is another cause of varicose veins. This causes damage in the veins surrounding the vagina or anus which can lead to conditions such as haemorrhoids (or "piles").

Find out more about precautionary measures in our preventing varicose veins section.

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