What Is Venous disorders?
Veins are the vessels that carry the blood back to the heart after your body has used the oxygen in it. Venous disorders are the conditions that damage these veins. In venous disorders, the veins become abnormal, insufficient or diseased and are not able to properly send the blood from limbs to the heart.
Common venous disorders include:
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Chronic venous insufficiency
- Superficial venous thrombosis (phlebitis)
- Excessive blood clotting
- Spider and varicose veins
What Are The Symptoms Of Venous disorders?
- Leg pain, leg swelling, swelling in ankles
- Itchy legs, tight feeling calves
- Leg ulcers, brown colored skin especially near the ankles
What Are The Causes Of Venous disorders?
- Blood clots, enlarged veins overfilled with blood.
- Pregnancy, obesity
- Menopause, age above 50
- Family history of venous disorders
- Standing or sitting for long hours
What Are The Things One Should Do To Manage Venous disorders?
- Exercise regularly, especially walking.
- Lose weight if you are obese.
- Practice good skin hygiene.
- Keep your legs elevated above chest level while sitting or lying down.
What Are The Things One Should Avoid To Manage Venous disorders?
- Avoid standing or sitting for long.
- Avoid sedentary lifestyle.
- Avoid wearing tight clothes, belts etc.
What Are The Best Foods For Venous disorders?
- Tannins rich foods: tannins protect against free radicals and leakage in blood vessels. Red Wine, berries like blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries contain a high amount of tannins.
- Bioflavonoids: Tropical Fruits like mangoes, papayas are rich in bioflavonoids, responsible for veins health.
- Vitamin C rich foods: Onions, red bell peppers, oranges, broccoli are good for veins.
- Antioxidants rich foods: Onions, spinach, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, black currant, grapes, cherries.
- Fiber-rich foods: Whole wheat bread, brown rice, oatmeal etc. are helpful in preventing constipation. Constipation can lead to the formation of varicose vein.
What Are The Worst Foods For Venous disorders?
- Refined grains like white flour have most of the fiber removed from them, hence it is difficult to digest them. They can cause constipation, which leads to varicose veins.
- Refined sugars lead to obesity and constipation, two factors majorly responsible for varicose veins.
- High sodium foods: High sodium leads to water retention in the body, hence more blood in the veins. This puts pressure on the veins.
- Alcohol: It results in a high release of insulin and also disturbs the circulatory system. This, in turn, leads to thickened blood, putting more pressure on the veins.
What Are The Medicines For Venous disorders?
What Are The Tips To Manage Venous disorders?
- Garlic has extraordinary anti-inflammatory properties, which can help in reducing the swelling of legs.
Drink lots of water. Add more liquids to your diet like green tea, smoothies, and juices.