Varicose veins: what are the most suitable sports?



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Varicose veins: what are the most suitable sports?

In case of varicose veins or in any case in the presence of venous insufficiency in the lower limbs, some sports could be poorly indicated and potentially harmful if performed in an exaggerated manner and without training.

The angiologist Chiara Ercolani talked about the relationship between varicose veins and sports. The most recommended sports (to be practiced, of course, only in the absence of other general contraindications in the state of health) are those characterized by balanced and rhythmic movements, without great load stresses.

Among the main physical activities that fall into this category are: walking (preferably on flat terrain without gradients), swimming and water gymnastics, dancing, golf. What are the less suitable sports in the presence of varicose veins? All activities that involve heavy strain on the lower limbs, mainly static exercises that overload the venous system of the legs, sports that cause sudden movements and easy traumas.

For example, competitive cycling, weight lifting, or some team games with an easy possibility of trauma, such as football and rugby. Why do we need fruit and vegetables? Eeating some wholegrain food such as dark bread or bran every day, reduces the risk of diabetes 2 by 29%.

British Medical Journal investigated the effects that an increase in fruit, vegetables and whole grains can have on health, and results are amazing. The consumption of two or more portions per week of oatmeal was associated with a 21% lower risk, that of bran with a 15% lower risk while for wheat germ and brown rice the risk was lowered by 12%.

Researchers also looked at the association between whole food intake and type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer. It was seen that those who consumed larger quantities of whole grains had a 29% lower rate of type 2 diabetes than those who consumed less.

Specific foods and found that consuming one or more servings of whole grain breakfast or dark bread a day was associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes (19% and 21% respectively) than to the consumption of less than one portion per month.

With lifestyle and other risk factors for diabetes into account, the researchers calculated that a 66-gram increase in total fruit and vegetable intake was associated with a 25% lower risk of developing the type 2 diabetes.

Even if it is only observational studies and therefore it is not possible to establish a cause-effect relationship, the data are further confirmation of how the consumption of fruit, vegetables and cereals can have an impact on the reduction of the risk of onset of type 2 diabetes as well as many other diseases.

Researchers examined the association between blood levels of vitamin C and carotenoids with the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The results are based on 9,754 adults who developed new-onset type 2 diabetes and a comparison group of 13,662 adults who did not have diabetes during the follow-up among the 340,000 participants.

In short, we are talking about convenient products: certainly convenient for those who produce them, and this is obvious. But also for those who buy them: although anything but in terms of health. Several studies published before this one we are talking about have already associated the consumption of UPF with important chronic diseases: hypertension, obesity, metabolic syndrome, depression, type 2 diabetes and different types of cancer.