Varicose Veins Result From Constipation, Not From Pregnancy

If you do an Internet search on varicose veins, you’ll probably find lots of articles that claim that the cause of this condition is complicated or mysterious. Pregnancy is usually cited as a risk factor. Yet Denis Parsons Burkitt found that varicose veins were practically nonexistent in Uganda, even though many of the women in Uganda had borne many children.

The people in Uganda, like many other populations in the Third World, were eating an extremely high-fiber diet based on unrefined starches and vegetables. As a result, they produced large, soft stools that were easy to pass. In contrast, Europeans and Americans tend to eat a low-fiber diet with a lot of processed foods and dairy products. As a result, their stools were small, hard, and difficult to pass. The pressure that is generated within the body when people try to pass these hard pellets can cause serious damage, including diverticulosis, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, hiatal hernia, and uterine prolapse.

In other words, your varicose veins spell out “I’ve been constipated” in swollen purple letters. How embarrassing!

6 thoughts on “Varicose Veins Result From Constipation, Not From Pregnancy”

  1. Yes, but what causes the damage to the valves and the walls of the veins? It's the backward pressure that's generated when constipated people strain to move their bowels.

    Here's a scientific article that provides evidence that varicose veins are linked to lack of fiber in the diet, even among people who have always used a squatting position when they defecate.

  2. Love your site, Laurie.
    Keep up the good work.

    Yes, I've got varicose veins and a hiatal hernia and used to strain a lot but now eat lots of fibre and all is well.

  3. My mother has the worst varicose veins I have ever seen. I remember the last of her rotten teeth being removed without anaesthetic when she was 25. As a child she was so thin she was nicknamed rat. Yet her colour was high so she was considered healthy. Sugar and white flour would have been cheap foods for those taking advantage of cheap child labour in the 1930s under the NZ foster care system that was my mother's experience.

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