The Vascular Benefits of Standing Desks
Let’s face it — a large majority of us probably work some sort of desk job where we remain seated for 40-50 hours per week, only to get home and collapse on the couch from exhaustion. Do you notice a pattern here? We do — and here’s a hint, it’s definitely not one that’s good for your vascular health!
In today’s working world, it can be difficult to find the time to get up and stretch your legs. That’s where standing desks come in, the latest in office furniture that allows employees to stand at their computers, rather than sit. Not only can they make your day more comfortable, but they can help lower your risk for vascular disease as well.
Reduced Risk of Obesity.
It should be no surprise that staying seated for long periods of time encourages weight gain. After all, sitting still is the complete opposite of being active! Standing desks encourage employees to get up, and from there they’re more likely to move about. As you know, maintaining a healthy weight helps keep excess pressure off your veins.
Limited Vein Strain.
Scientific studies suggest that “adults who spend two more hours per day sitting have a 125% increased risk of health problems related to cardiovascular disease.” Not only does standing and moving about help prevent weight gain, but it also encourages your blood to circulate more easily. The more you move, the lower your blood pressure will be, and the less you’ll have to worry about varicose veins, spider veins, DVT, and even more serious cardiovascular issues like heart attacks.
Learn more about the health benefits of standing desks atSmithsonian.com, and ask your employer how you can go about purchasing one of your own. We believe that every bit of exercise matters in the fight against vascular disease!
Foods That Cause Constricted Veins
Did you know that some of your favorite foods might actually be detrimental to your vascular health? It’s fair to say that these might be some of the most popular andbeloved snacks around, but unfortunately their ability to constrict blood vessels when eaten in large quantities lands them right here on our list!
Chocolate & Coffee: While caffeine in small doses can be a good energy-booster, is also causes blood vessels to narrow — therefore increasing blood pressure. Ever had one cup too many and experienced that “heart palpitation” effect? Now you know why!
Pizza & Potato Chips: We know, we’re killing you. We can’t help it. Snacks packed with sodium might be delicious, but they’re terrible for your veins. Overloading your body with sodium can constrict blood vessels and increase blood volume, leading to hypertension. Stay away from processed foods whenever possible, as they are often high in sodium.
French Fries: Saturated fats are not your friends. In fact, having a diet high in fatty foods can increase your cholesterol and clog your arteries. While it may be convenient to pull through that drive-thru on the way home from work, resist the temptation!
Bread & Pasta: Refined carbs are notoriously bad for your health all around, but in this case, they’re particularly bad for your veins. Packing your pantry with carbs can not only cause veins to constrict due to heightened glucose levels, but they can also cause you to gain weight as well. More weight, means more pressure on your veins, which makes you more likely to develop varicose and spider veins.
Do you have any good dieting tips for preventing veins disease? Or maybe you’ve got some varicose or spider veins already that you’d like to part with. Either way, Dr. Gallagher and the team here atIsland Vein Specialists would love to hear from you!