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7 useful tips to prevent peripheral vascular disease

Dr. Akin-Onitolo A.

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The cause of peripheral vascular disease is deposition of fat in the blood vessels. It is related to high cholesterol, high blood sugar, high blood pressure, and obesity. But smoking is the #1 risk factor.

Prevention, where possible, is still always better than cure. Although this accumulation of fat can be out of your hand, there are a few things that can be done to reduce the likelihood of developing the disease.

1] what you eat plays a big role. Cut down on fatty foods. Invest more in vegetables and fruits. Also eat foods with less salt content.

2] Do more regular exercise. You don’t have to wait until you can afford a gym subscription to exercise, the little things like walking, running, cycling, swimming, and dancing count. Try this out, you’ll see the difference yourself.

3] You definitely have to quit smoking. For guaranteed tips to quit smoking, check this site.

4] Lose weight if you are overweight or obese. This is a necessary step even to prevent most chronic diseases. So it should not be overlooked.

5] Reduce your intake of alcohol to moderate amounts.

6] Manage your Diabetes well by being consistent with your treatment and remember to check your delicate feet regularly. The complications of Diabetes often develop quietly and slowly when you least expect.

7] If you already have high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol, it is important that you get appropriate treatment and ensure that your blood pressure and cholesterol are well controlled.

These tips also help to ease the symptoms if the disease is already present.

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Dr. Akin-onitolo A. is a graduate of the University of Lagos whose mission is to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs) using health promotion and improved health literacy. She is an MDCN (Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria) certified doctor who had her elective at King's College London. Hugely interested in travel, meeting people and generally being creative, reading and writing fiction are a few hobbies you could find her engaged in during her spare time. Catch up with her on Twitter @Akinonitolo and Instagram @t_onitolo