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14/Dec/2018

They say we are what we eat and when it comes to preventing unsightly spider veins from appearing on the skin, it is important we consider the food we consume.

Spider veins can be caused by a number of issues, including exposure to the sun, hormonal changes, a backup of blood, and injuries. While the onset of these unappealing purply/blue veins is often unpreventable, eating the right foods can help delay or even prevent spider veins from occurring.

Take a look at five foods to eat to help prevent varicose veins.

Pineapple

Fibrin is a protein that helps prevent the blood from clotting. Excessive amounts of fibrin are found in spider veins and varicose veins. Pineapple is rich is bromelain, a digestive enzyme, which is known for processing fibrin and improving blood circulation. It is believed that regularly consuming pineapple can help reduce the chances of spider and varicose veins from occurring.

Ginger

From reducing muscle pain and soreness to treating morning sickness and nausea, the powerful health and wellbeing-boosting properties of ginger have long been known and documented. But did you know that due to its ability to improve circulation and dissolve fibrin in the blood vessels, ginger can be used to treat varicose veins, promote vein health and help prevent on onset of spider veins?

Avocado

Avocado is rich in vitamin E and C, both of which are potent vascular health-boosting vitamins. These delicious vegetables also have large amounts of glutathione, a substance known for protecting the veins and arteries from damage caused by oxidants.

Blueberries

Regarded as a ‘superfood’ due to their antioxidant properties and high concentration of anthocyanins, blueberries are known for repairing damaged proteins in the walls of the blood vessels. Eating plenty of blueberries can promote and maintain a healthy operating vascular system, which could help prevent spider veins.

Asparagus

Asparagus is a great source of vitamin K, is high is vitamin B1 thiamine and contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. This well-known superfood also helps to strengthen the capillaries and veins, preventing them from rupturing and therefore reducing the chances of spider veins appearing on the skin.

As well as eating theses superfoods regularly to improve the blood circulation and health of the veins and capillaries, it is recommended to cut down the amount of salt in the diet, which encourages swelling, contributing to compromised veins.

If you would like to discuss treatment for spider or varicose veins, get in touch with the team of vascular experts at the Vascular Consultancy.


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14/Dec/2018

Former Rangers footballer Justin Wingate is returning to the football pitch after two decades following a revolutionary operation for varicose veins.

The 43-year-old had picked up a devastating injury which ended his football career some 20 years ago. The reconstruction surgery Justin Wingate had needed, left him with unsightly pins in his legs, which caused varicose veins to surface on the skin. Embarrassed about the appearance of the varicose veins, Wingate says he covered up his legs for 20 years.

Talking to the Daily Record, the ex-footballer spoke of how varicose veins impacted his confidence, commenting:

“By the time I was 25, I had the legs of a 70-year-old. It became a big issue for me in relation to my confidence.”

As well as suffering from confidence issues, which meant Wingate would wear long shorts and socks to cover up his knees if he ventured onto a pitch, the former Rangers players said the varicose veins became painful.

“By the time I was in my 30s, they got really painful too,” said Justin Wingate.

The football player said he heard about a laser ablation therapy, less invasive treatment for varicose veins that didn’t involve surgery or needles.

Wingate, who now works in IT, said he felt no pain with the laser treatment and in a couple of days following the therapy was mobile and is now playing for the amateur football club, Glasgow Hoppers.

“I can’t believe the difference it’s made, and it took no longer than a filling at the dentist,” he said.

Laser ablation therapy or endovenous laser treatment as it is known, involves removing superficial veins by cauterising them. The long saphenous vein is cannulated using an ultrasound machine. A laser wire is passed up the superficial vein to the groin. The laser is turned on and the vein is cauterised by pulling the wire slowly out.

The whole procedure is done under a general or local anaesthetic.

To discuss less invasive treatments for varicose veins including endovenous laser treatment, get in touch with the Vascular Consultancy, specialists in treating varicose veins and other vascular conditions.

 


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Daryll Baker is a Consultant Vascular Surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital London and Clinical Lead for North Central Region Vascular Services.

He read Medicine at Oxford University and trained in Vascular Surgery in Nottingham, London and Edinburgh. He obtained his research PhD from the University of Wales.

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