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Things You Didn’t Know About Spider Veins

Spider veins are a common problem, along with varicose veins. About half of the people who are 50 years or older suffer from either of the two issues. However, people often find it difficult to understand why spider veins occur and how to treat them. Nevertheless, spider veins can be quite unsightly on the skin.

Many individuals concerned about their looks have to change their wardrobe choices to keep the spider veins hidden. However, the advancement in medical technologies has made it possible to treat spider veins and get rid of the problem entirely.  Here are a few things you might not know about spider veins.

Are spider veins and varicose veins different?

The most common misconception about spider veins is that they are the same as varicose veins. Although both of these are the result of damaged or weak veins, they still differ in several ways.

Varicose veins are smaller and therefore, less visible than spider veins. Varicose veins can twist and swell up and are usually purple. On the other hand, spider veins can be of various shades of red, blue, and purple.

What causes spider veins?

Spider veins are the branches of the veins lying right under the skin. Due to high pressure, these veins become more prominent than usual. Generally, valves in the veins help to pump blood to the heart.

When these valves fail to function properly, blood starts pooling in the veins and results in high pressure. The common causes behind spider veins are:

  • Stress
  • Excessive weight gain
  • Pregnancy
  • Genetic problems
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Trauma
  • Aging

Hence, it is evident that spider veins can originate from a variety of very common situations. This justifies why such a large part of the population suffers from spider veins. These veins usually develop near the ankles or on the backside of the legs.

Is the development of spider veins a severe health condition?

People usually consider spider veins to be more of a cosmetic problem. They are less harmful than varicose veins, which can cause a wide range of severe issues. The most common issue with spider veins is that they can harm the looks of your skin once they are prominent.

However, many problems may arise in case you develop spider veins. You may also consider these as potential symptoms if the condition is not visible yet.

  • Heaviness or fatigue in the legs
  • Swelling of legs or ankles
  • Frequent muscle cramps
  • A sensation of throbbing, itching, or burning in the legs

If you notice these symptoms and feel that you may have spider veins, you should consult a vein specialist at the earliest to get it checked. It would be much easier to treat the condition at an early stage.

How to treat spider veins?

Many people leave their spider veins untreated simply because they are unaware that treatment procedures are available. However, most people who get the condition treated do so for cosmetic reasons, although some also do it to get rid of the symptoms.

Although you can find out more about spider veins treatment here, but below are some of the best treatment procedures:

Sclerotherapy

This is the treatment procedure that most individuals opt for. Sclerotherapy also happens to be one of the most advanced and effective treatments for spider veins and varicose veins. A practitioner injects a solution into the damaged veins. Very soon, these veins scar and the blood automatically starts flowing through healthy veins. Eventually, the scarred veins collapse and vanish.

RFA

Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA) is yet another minimally invasive way to treat spider veins. In this case, the practitioner would heat the damaged veins using radiofrequency energy. The heat results in the formation of scar tissues and shuts off the veins, redirecting the blood.

Laser treatment

Laser treatment is similar to RFA to some extent. Instead of radiofrequency energy, the laser is used for heating purposes. Eventually, the target vein would shut off and collapse.

VenaSeal

A painless way to treat spider veins is to use VenaSeal vein glue. Once injected, the glue physically closes the damaged vein from the inside. VenaSeal treatment usually does not require any major anesthesia or regional nerve block.

Whether a specific treatment procedure is suitable for an individual may vary, it is always wise to consult a professional. He/she would be able to guide you based on the severity and any existing medical conditions.

Can you prevent spider veins from developing?

Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent spider veins entirely. With age, the chances of developing the condition increases. Spider veins are particularly noticeable among individuals who spend long hours standing, such as during work.

Conclusion

You may slow down the development of spider veins or decrease the severity by following a healthy diet, exercising, and not spending too much time standing or sitting constantly. Now that you know various details regarding spider veins, you can make better decisions about the treatment.

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Do We Need To Count Macro Nutrientsfor

This is a question that all body builders ask when they start working out. Many questions regarding this matter arise such as which foods should we eat and which foods to avoid. And how to balance out our macro nutrients?The answer to this question is “YES”. Body building is a serious sport(if you want to call it that).

It’s a life style and everything counts. You must know what is going inside your body. Sure you can’t count all the macros, but keeping a rough estimate helps you know where you stand.Many people dismiss this topic and just say “eat like a beast”. But those people lack that detail of muscle definition that makes everyone turn their head for a second look at that chest or bicep.If this wasn’t so important then why is diet also considered an important aspect of body building. Why do they bother saying 100% dedication in gym and 100% dedication with diet!You must have knowledge of what is going inside your body to get the physique of your dreams! You can’t get a lean physique by eating fatty foods. Everything must be calculated.

An ectomorph requires more macro nutrients to grow rather than a meso or an endomorph. So having a calculated diet plan that fits your body’s required macros is a must! Thus his macro nutrient intake will be very different from that of a meso or an endomorph.While a meso or an endomorph can gain muscle mass by following a high protein and low carb diet. Same can not be said about the little old ectomorph. He needs a good balance of Protein, Carbs and healthy Fats in order to get the physique that he wants!This is where the importance of counting your macros come. Without knowing what is required by your body and HOW MUCH of that is required, you can not make them gains or loss that fat. The right macros will give you much better positive energy compared to junk food.For example, when i eat a pizza before working out I feel very lazy and heavy while working out.

Rather than when i eat a calculated meal which contains a specific amount of Proteins and Carbs. I feel much more explosive and want to destroy my workout! And my mind is much more alert.Just remember Body Building is a game of Inches! And every inch counts!! In order to get those inches you have to eat the right way!A balanced and calculated diet plan that has a balance between your macros will get you the results that you want, rather than wasting time eating junk and feeling bloated and heavy in the gym. Be smart and eat healthy!And most of all listen to your body! You will know what is required to get them #Gains!

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How To Visually Identify Your Body Fat Percentage And Motivate Yourself At The Same Time

Your body fat percentage can be a great goal and marker of progress because let’s be honest, most guys train to get a lean ripped body and look muscular. So the less fat you have the more defined your abs are. But what exactly does having a certain percentage of fat look like?

To measure your body fat percentage there are many ways and calculators and most of them aren’t very accurate. When you think about it, what’s the goal of measuring your body fat? It’s not to assign some specific number, it’s to have a goal and measurement of how you want your body to like like. So it makes sense to know how a specific percentage of fat looks like. That’s why comparing visually your own muscular definition with the look that is known to have a certain body fat percentage range is quick, easy, fun and useful.

I’ll use a wonderful infographic from Athlean-X’s Jeff Cavalier:

Just by looking at the pictures above you can really tell if your own body looks the same way, which will tell you in which percentage range you are. And more importantly you will see how far you still have to go and what you can expect when you get there. It really simplifies the way you look at your goals and motivates you to keep going.

A bit on the body fat percentage ranges:

  • 35-40% is a morbidly obese range and you really don’t want to be there as all you can see on your body is fat.
  • 25-30% is also not the rage you’d want to be in also as that’s considered obese in males and you look all soft and round.
  • 20-24% is where the average guys are. You don’t look unhealthy and you can see some muscles but little to no definition.
  • 16-19% is where some definition starts to show but not much, you may have love handles in this range.
  • 13-15% is a pretty good range that can be defined as fit and you can already see some abs.
  • 11-12% is a good range to be in where you can see a decent amount of muscle definition but those abs are only ripped in the correct lighting and make up.
  • 8-10% is where most guys want to be – there’s a lot of definition, your abs are clearly visible in any lighting, and it’s the classic beach body.

  • 5-7% is a difficult range to maintain and it’s where the fitness models try to be before photo shoots.
  • 1-4% is the range of bodybuilders during competition. It’s not really a healthy state to be in and extremely difficult to maintain. You probably don’t want to get there unless you are a bodybuilder who competes.

So there you have it, check out the infographic and try to pin point where you are now, see how far you still have to go and what you will look like when you get there.

 

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