peripheral vascular disease

Treat Peripheral Vascular Disease Naturally

Peripheral vascular disease, often synonymous with peripheral artery disease or PAD, is a circulatory disorder in which the blood vessels narrow and reduce blood flow to the extremities. It is caused by diabetes, aterial inflammation, infections like syphilis, genetics, weight, smoking and a number of other health conditions. In most people signs and symptoms won’t show up until the disease is advanced. Keeping an eye out for any symptoms and managing other diseases like diabetes are key to early, successful treatments. If you are over 70, have diabetes, a history of smoking or hypertension you should be tested for PVD and PAD.

 

How do I know if I have peripheral vascular disease?

  • Impaired walking from leg pain
  • Numbness or weakness in legs
  • Cold legs and feet
  • Discoloration
  • Sores that don’t heal
  • Slower toenail growth
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Weak or no pulse in legs

 

How can I prevent peripheral vascular disease?

  • Quit smoking
  • Get your blood sugar under control
  • Manage diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat foods low in saturated fat
  • Maintain a healthy weight

 

How can I treat peripheral vascular?

  • Take good care of your feet and legs. Wash, dry and moisturize, wear shoes that fit well, wear socks that encourage circulation, have corns and calluses treated by a doctor and see a doctor when you have sores or injuries.
  • Carnitine helps to increase oxygen flow to the legs which helps with the pain.
  • Gingko helps to improve circulation; do not take gingko if you are prescription blood thinners.
  • Vitamin E is an excellent way to improve circulation.
  • Niacin helps to widen arteries by should only be taken for a month.
  • Omega-3’s are a good way to improve blood quality and oxygenation of the legs.
  • Do yoga. Yoga helps to increase blood flow and certain positions are focused at increasing blood flow to the legs.
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