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How Does Cold Weather Impact Your Veins?

by Melanie Marin

Even though many of us would love for it to be summer so we can enjoy warm weather year-round, but unfortunately the cold weather is upon us. If you have vein disease, this cold weather can be good news for your condition. During the fall and winter months, veins can shrink thanks to lower temperatures. As a result, valves in the veins have an easier time functioning correctly and lower the amount of pressure around your calves and ankles. This reduction in pressure means less cramps and swelling in your legs. Unfortunately, there are some downsides that come with the chilly temperatures as well.

Weight gain

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays comes family gatherings and eating out of boredom or comfort, so it’s no wonder that many gain a few pounds during the winter months. People also seem to be choosing more convenient meals consisting of more processed foods and junk foods so that they don’t have to leave the house. However, this weight gain could mean some trouble for your legs as they are forced to work harder while pumping blood back to your heart. To avoid this change in diet, shop for healthier options that you can reach for while cooking since you do need to be eating balanced meals for healthy veins.

Atmospheric pressure changes

Once the temperature drops enough for it to start snowing, the atmospheric pressure changes too. The change in pressure can be the cause of your circulatory system becoming less efficient, potentially resulting in more vein issues for you. This is due to your body thinking that it weighs more than it actually does, thereby impacting the way in which blood circulates through your body.

Cold Weather

Weight gain is not only caused by unhealthy eating habits, but also inactivity. Lower temperatures can also slow down how the circulatory system operates so it is not as efficient. Despite there being plenty of indoor exercise options, people often use the cold as an excuse for not being active. Just because you’re confined indoors does not mean that you can’t workout, it simply means that you may have to explore some new options. Join a gym or do exercises in the comfort of your own home. If it’s not too cold out and you’re feeling up to it, bundle up and go for a brisk walk to get some fresh air.

How to care for your veins during the cold

Since there are a lot of factors that could negatively impact your vein condition, it is critical that you take preventative measures to keep your veins healthy.


 

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