A recent study shows: Who sits longer, earlier dead venous diseases are the problem of an inactive company.

The average person sleeps eight hours to travel by car or bus to work, only to sit in turn an average of seven to eight hours. At night he comes home and is typically for a few hours before the TV before he goes to bed. This “unmoved” lifestyle is not only unhealthy for vessels, joints and whole organism, but can even have life-threatening! A recent study of 222 497 adults over 45 years that Prof. Eberhard Rabevon the Department of Dermatology and Allergology, University of Bonn presented at press conferences in Hamburg and Munich, shows: Sitting for eight hours a day increased the risk of death significantly – independent of other risk factors. “Although the exact causes need to be investigated further,” said Professor Raven, “but we know from chronic venous disease that prolonged sitting can be dangerous. ”

Risk factors for venous disease

“Prolonged sitting is a risk factor for the development of bone deformities such as leg swelling, and skin changes,” states Prof. Rabe. “It can also lead to more discomfort in the legs in chronic venous disease.” Not for nothing is the rule of thumb rather lie or walk instead of sitting or standing. But as it ever comes to such complaints?

Inevitable risk factors are genetic predisposition and the increasing age. But also lifestyle factors – above all lack of exercise and obesity – play a crucial role. “In sitting the muscle pump is largely inactive,” explains Prof. Rabe. In contrast, the muscle’s movement in the legs ensures that the blood is transported better from the feet back to the heart. If the muscle pump is not sufficiently activated, the blood literally sags in the leg veins.


First, this is shown by unpleasant leg swelling that go back through elevating the legs of alone again. But the device blood flow in the leg veins permanently stalled, it comes to under-supply of the leg tissue. This is expressed, for example, itching, dry, scaly skin, tingling legs or nocturnal leg cramps. In the veins themselves, it is due to the lack of supply to pathological changes that may lead to chronic venous disease and progression of this disease.

Think of leg cramps and leg pain also in the veins

Chronic venous diseases manifest themselves through some pretty nonspecific leg symptoms that may be just difficult to place at the beginning of the disease the patient. These include signs such as transient gravity, tension and swelling sensation, restless legs, foot or leg cramps and pains after long walking or standing. In another manifestation of the disease itching, eczema, or in the worst case even added leg ulcers. As the Bonn Vein Study shows these symptoms occur more frequently in total. “49.1% of men and 62.1% of women complained of leg complaints such” reports Prof. Reba. With a total of 80.4%, the proportion was even higher world. But problem is that the first signs trivialized and are usually not associated with a chronic disease. According late looking concerned a doctor. Usually only when the disease is already clearly visible, that is advanced is.

What to do against venous disease

The good news: The development of varicose veins, to swelling, skin changes, and open leg is not compulsory. “It can be interrupted by an early treatment and the influence of risk factors or even prevented altogether,” said Prof. “It is important that the patient himself the first signs of venous disease recognizes that early adequate treatment can be initiated. Just as the progression towards chronic venous insufficiency with all its complications and consequences can be avoided.