Can a High Fiber Diet Prevent Varicose Veins
Chronic venous insufficiency and varicose veins appear to be related to a Western diet that is low in dietary fiber. There’s evidence that suggests avoiding this risk factor may help reduce the incidence of venous disorders. A high fiber diet supports bowel regularity, which helps decrease constipation and abdominal straining that can promote the development of varicose veins. Through excessive straining, constipation adds more pressure on the body’s veins and restricts blood flow. This can lead to weakening of the vein walls and the development of vein disease. It makes sense to maintain a diet that is high in fiber which may help reduce the risk of venous disorders and other types of ailments. This is especially important for those susceptible to venous disease due to heredity or a profession that entails standing for long periods of time.
To be considered high in fiber, foods should contain at least 5 grams of fiber per serving. Some examples of foods that are high in fiber include:
- Whole grain breads
- High fiber cereals
- Dried fruits
When increasing fiber in your diet, increase slowly to prevent excessive gas and bloating. It’s important to drink plenty of water along with fiber. If your already have leg veins that are painful, numerous or large, call our office to set up a consultation with Dr. Leary to rule out rule circulation problems, such as venous insufficiency.