Did you know that for every pound that you gain, your body creates seven miles of blood vessels? It is mainly capillaries that are created, which supply oxygen rich blood to your cells. Your body does this so that the new fat tissue is given nourishment just like the rest of your organs. Your venous system has to extend its reach to this addition that you have added to your body. It needs oxygenated blood to survive, just like the rest of your body.
The downside to this is that now your heart has to continually pump blood through many more blood vessels. You can imagine the strain on the heart for every ten pounds of extra weight you gain. That would be 70 miles of new blood vessels for your heart and pulmonary system to maintain! Talk about working overtime!
The strain on your heart and circulatory system can lead to many health problems, vascular health being high on that list. Problems such as stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure, venous insufficiency and varicose veins are all associated with extra weight.
The good news is that this can be reversible. For every pound you lose, those seven miles of vessels will be broken down by your body and eliminated. So, in addition to being able to fit into your skinny jeans, you’ll be giving your heart a break at the same time. Easing the strain on your system will help you in your overall health.
We would like to invite you to give us a call today (239) 694-VEIN and set up a consultation. Let Dr. Joseph Magnant, M.D. experienced Fort Myers and Bonita Springs Vein Specialist help. With offices at two convenient locations – 1510 Royal Palm Square Blvd. Suite 101 Fort Myers, Florida 33919 or 3359 Woods Edge Circle Suite 102 Bonita Springs, Florida 34134.