Lifestyle affects varicose veins
istock/DragonImages If you needed another reason to keep a healthy lifestyle, add varicose veins to the list. “Lifestyle choices can worsen varicose veins,” says Dr. Navarro, “These include lack of exercise and obesity, and sitting/standing for long periods of time repeatedly.” Here are other habits to start today that your 80-year old self will thank you for.
Varicose veins are caused by weak vein valves
istock/Noi_Pattanan It’s not the veins that are the issue with varicose veins, but the vein valves. “Varicose veins occur when weak vein valves are unable to prevent blood from flowing in the wrong direction (reflux), so the blood leaks back down the legs and pools in the leg veins,” shares Dr. Navarro.
Crossing your legs is not a cause of varicose veins
istock/JohnnyGreig This popular myth of crossing your legs leading to varicose veins? False. According to webmd.com, contrary to popular belief, leg crossing absolutely does not cause varicose veins, but it can exacerbate it, if you already have the condition. But there are some reasons to uncross those legs.