Why is Vascular Health Important?
As with any disease, early prevention is your first line of defense in developing more serious conditions as you age. Your vascular system is responsible for capillaries, veins, and arteries that circulate blood throughout your body. If these narrow or clog, you could have a serious or life-threatening condition on your hands. It is important to take the necessary precautions in order to prevent vascular disease.
If you believe you may be suffering from a form of vascular disease you are not alone. There are millions of Americans all over the world suffering from some form of vascular disease. The term “vascular” relates to the veins and arteries. When thinking about your health, you may first remember your diet, weight, and mental health. But vascular health is just as important. Many different factors can play a part in the development of vascular disease, including genetics and high cholesterol.
Although we all know that obesity and a poor diet can lead to health conditions like diabetes, it also increases your risk for vascular disease. Through lifestyle changes like a healthy diet and exercise, you can minimize your risk and improve your vascular health. According to the CDC, “Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer that are some of the leading causes of preventable, premature death.” Exercise, weight loss, and a healthy diet can help reduce other risk-factors of vascular disease, like high blood pressure and diabetes.
Smoking is not only bad for your lungs, it’s bad for your blood vessels and arteries as well. As smoking is a top risk factor in stroke, heart attacks, cancers, and other diseases it may be a good idea to consider quitting. There are a number of options to help you quit available to you, to begin your journey to a healthier lifestyle.
Not only does exercise help prevent obesity, but it also improves vascular health by promoting blood circulation. Exercise paired with a healthy diet can keep your blood pumping and prevent the development of narrowed arteries. There are many different ways you can keep active, running, yoga, weight lifting, or even something as simple as walking. If you work out of a desk for long periods of time, even simply getting up and moving around every couple of hours can greatly improve your vascular health.
At Salcedo Medical Center, we understand the importance of early prevention. That’s why we offer preventative medicine and wellness, along with industry-leading knowledge on varicose veins. Our vein specialists can guide you and your family towards a healthier lifestyle. Contact us today to learn more about our vein treatments and preventative medicine.