What Your Legs Can Say About Your Health

The legs have an interesting way of telling us what’s wrong. But you’re probably not aware what these are as you’re mostly familiar with the more common health symptoms like nosebleeds, frequent urinations, eye color, etc. Today, we will examine your leg health and help you decipher the symptoms that you are experiencing.

1. Stocky legs

The length of your legs can say a lot about your health. If you have stocky legs, best to take care of your liver as studies show that women with legs between 20 and 29 inches have high levels of alanine aminotransferase (ALT), gamma-glutamyltransferase (GGT), aspartate transaminase (AST), and alkaline phosphatase (ALP). These are enzymes that indicate high risk of liver damage which should be addressed immediately. Another study also shows that people with short legs have 20% more at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

As if having shorter legs was not bad enough. It’s not really the best news you want to hear but to keep your healthy and free from these diseases, best to focus on prevention. This means eating foods that prevent liver disease and type 2 diabetes.

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2. Numb feet

Numb feet is usually caused by poor blood circulation which happens when you sit for long periods or fall asleep in an awkward position reducing blood flow to your feet. This can be solved by moving around to get the blood flow going again. However, if you are active but you still experience numb feet, it could be a sign of something more serious.

Other possible causes for numb feet are peripheral arterial disease or type 2 diabetes. The latter is a disease that affects millions of people around the world, and manifests itself through numbness in the feet and difficulty healing wounds and cuts. If you have diabetes and experience numbness in your feet, it’s time to start adopting habits like exercising regularly and following a healthy diet.

3. Muscle cramps

Muscle cramps in your legs even when you do light physical movements like walking or climbing up the stairs could be an indication of something more serious, like peripheral artery diseases. If you experience painful cramping in your hip, thigh, or calf muscles or leg numbness and weakness, visit your doctor right away. You may be advised to exercise regularly, quit smoking, maintain a health weight, and keep your blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure in control.

4. Bulging veins

Bulging veins in your legs could mean that you have varicose veins caused by consistent pressure overtime. The most common cause for this pressure is weight and lifestyle. If you are overweight, and rarely move around, staying in one position for long periods of time, your blood circulation gets affected causing the varicose veins to appear.

They may look unsightly but varicose veins don’t pose any serious health concern. They’re simply just that: a cosmetic concern that most women, overweight people, and older adults experience. You can get rid or lessen the appearance of varicose veins by moving around frequently or seeking treatment like injections and laser therapy.

However, if you are experiencing painful symptoms like itching, burning, cramping, or swelling and you suspect it has something to do with the varicose veins, consider seeing a doctor that specializes in treating vein diseases. They’ll be able to identify the problem and provide you with the appropriate treatment.

5. Blue veins

Another variation of varicose veins are blue veins which can appear as smaller networks of blue, red, or purple veins. They are not raised like varicose veins but they do affect the appearance of the legs causing most people who have it to dislike it.

Again, blue veins are a symptom of poor circulation and weak veins. You can get rid of it by making a few lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding prolonged periods of standing and sitting, elevating your legs while standing, and wearing compression stockings.

In Conclusion

As you cans see, different symptoms on your legs can mean different things. Watch out for signs such as colors, textures, and sensations. This will help you address the problem right away and prevent it from getting worse.

What other leg symptoms have you learned to identify? Share it in the comments below!

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