varicose veins

Heart & Blood Vessels
June 23, 2017

Varicose veins 101

They’re unsightly and look a bit like worms underneath the skin - varicose veins are an unfortunate side-effect of getting older. Commonly occurring among women, especially those who’ve had more than one pregnancy, these pesky irritants can also occur after weight gain. If you stand for long periods of time, you’re also at higher risk of varicose veins. How they develop Varicose comes from the Latin word: varix, which means twisted. They’re caused by stretching that occurs in the veins of the legs that are close to the skin surface, making the blood pool in the legs. They may bulge…
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Healthy Lifestyle
April 19, 2014

Myth busting: Is it bad to sit with your legs crossed?

You’ve likely heard it from someone, whether it’s your mom, gran, friend or colleague, that sitting with your legs crossed is bad for you. Some say it gives you high blood pressure, while others say it slows your circulation. Your mom or gran probably told you that it gives you varicose veins! (more…)
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