A new study was recently released in the journal Blood Pressure Monitoring,
Sitting with your legs crossed is what causes your varicose veins is not true
There is no direct connection between the way you sit and your veins.
But there are, however, implications for your leg health. The study revealed that “sitting with your legs crossed at the knee can raise your blood pressure.”
The study found that leg crossing increased systolic blood pressure nearly 7% and diastolic by 2%.
As it turns out, sitting for long periods of time with your legs crossed “not only raises your blood pressure but puts stress on the hip joints.”
To prevent discomfort and pain, doctors suggest that if you are sitting for long periods of time that you do ankle flex, minor exercises to keep blood circulating.
For example, if you lift your feet off the ground and flex them up and down, it will help to keep blood pumping through your legs.
If you have a job that requires a lot of sitting, it is often a good idea to set an alarm that will get you up and moving from time to time so that your legs are not building up too much pressure.
Sitting with your legs crossed is not really related to the onset of varicose veins.