Standing Desk Trend Grows Despite Varicose Vein Risk

Risks of Prolonged Sitting

Research has shown over and over again that prolonged sitting, whether behind a desk at the office for eight hours a day or on the couch watching TV for countless more, is harmful to one’s health.

“He who sit longest, dies first,” as they say. In an attempt to reverse the potential damage, standing desks have become the latest office and home office trend. But is that any healthier? Perhaps not say vein specialists with Jacksonville’s St. Johns Vein Center.

Risks of Prolonged Standing

Research shows that prolonged standing also carries health risks, including a nine-fold increase in the risk of carotid atherosclerosis and the development of varicose veins – both a result of the additional load on the circulatory system. Plus, many fine motor skills suffer when workers stand for hours on end.

Mix it up to Lower the Health Risks

So how do you decide when both standing and sitting are touted as workplace evils? The solution is to mix it up, says Dr. James St. George. A combination of sitting, standing and – most importantly – moving is the best way to get your work done while protecting your health.

Does your job require sitting at a computer desk? Use a height-adjustable, downward tilting keyboard tray for the best sitting posture. Take a quick break that involves at least two minutes of standing and moving. Go say hello to your friend 10 cubicles down, have a water cooler chat, or take a brisk walk outside for a few minutes of fresh air. Do you mostly stand at your job? Take full advantage of your breaks by sitting or lying down with your feet raised above your heart level and massaging your calves and thighs. Frequent toe raises to work you calves helps tremendously.

In any case, get plenty of cardiovascular exercise during your off hours. Eat foods high in vitamins C, E, B6 and B12, or copper, fiber and bioflavonoids. And if you smoke, break the habit now. All of these smart health moves will help boost your blood circulation and decrease your risk of varicose veins.

If you already suffer from varicose or spider veins, contact the St. Johns Vein Center at 904-402-VEIN (8346) to schedule a consultation.

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