There are several big factors that can play a role in your vein health, and perhaps the biggest single factor here is age. Vein damage is a cumulative thing that builds up over time, and the longer you’re alive, the more stress your veins have gone through.
At Abella Health, we can help with all your age-related questions and concerns when it comes to your vein health and varicose veins. Here are some basics to know.
Age and Lifestyle
With aging generally comes a change in lifestyle – most people become less active as they age. This puts additional strain on the venous system along with the basic effect of time, and it also encourages weight gain, which can also stress the veins. We also tend to lose muscle mass as we get older, which means there’s less support for our veins.
Maintaining Vein Health
Luckily, it’s not impossible to keep up your vein health even as you get older. A good, regular exercise regimen is vital – especially if it incorporates the use of a pool, which is great for support for your circulatory system and legs. Maintaining a healthy weight can also prevent too much strain from being placed on your veins, which can weaken the valves and lead to venous issues.
Another great form of support for the legs is compression therapy. This uses compression garments that help with blood flow, preventing veins from leaking in the wrong direction. Compression garments are cheap to purchase and simple to use – they’re often the first treatment recommended to new patients with venous conditions.
Once veins are damaged from leaking, they can’t be repaired. However, it is possible for a vein doctor to close them off, which then leads to the body naturally re-routing the blood supply to healthier veins that have more support.
To find out more about aging and vein health, or to learn about any of our vein clinic services, contact the staff at Abella Health today.