If your body is your mansion… it can start to feel like a haunted house at times.
There are creaks, moans, and other eerie noises — and don’t forget the old “spider-webs” forming in your legs.
But those varicose veins aren’t just unsightly.
They can be a sign of something else – and this one could spook you in ways no haunted house ever will.
They could be a warning that you’re at risk of a potentially deadly blood clot.
It’s called deep vein thrombosis, and it’s one of the most frightening clots of all, because it’s as if you have an explosive implanted inside you.
It can sit there for years — even decades — perfectly stable.
Then one day, it detonates.
The clot breaks free… and the ugly mass travels your blood vessels like they’re highways of doom, making a beeline for your lungs.
And once it reaches its destination, watch out. That’s a pulmonary embolism, and it could be fatal.
Now, new research shows how your first and maybe only warning sign of this condition could be spider webs crawling down your legs.
If you have varicose veins, you have more than FIVE TIMES the risk of a developing one of these clots, according to the new study of more than 425,000 people.
I wish I could tell you that’s the only risk.
But it’s not.
Varicose veins often lead to uncomfortable and even painful swelling, especially if you get a “backup” that causes blood and other fluids to seep out into the surrounding tissue.
It sounds gross, and it feels worse.
And while the veins themselves don’t appear to actually TRIGGER a heart attack or stroke, the folks who have them are known to have a higher risk of both potentially deadly conditions.
Many people get relief from the immediate symptoms with compressions socks, but you need more help than that.
Natural circulation boosters can keep blood moving and ease or even end the varicose veins. In one study, 100 mg of pycnogenol (a.k.a. pine bark extract) three times a day for two months dramatically reduced the swelling — and in 60 percent of patients, it disappeared completely.
Talk to your doc before trying it, especially if you’re taking meds.
While you’re at it, don’t forget to keep walking. Go for a long stroll each day.
That’s the most natural circulation-booster of all, and you don’t even have to ask your doctor if walking is “right for you.”
OF COURSE it is.
Now get to it.