The circulatory system is a major system in the human body. It includes our heart, lungs and blood vessels. Its main purpose is to transport nutrients, oxygen and blood throughout our bodies. When your circulatory system stops functioning at higher levels, you may experience a few troubling symptoms.
The most common include:
• Muscle cramps
• Stinging/throbbing pain in your limbs
Maintaining a good, strong blood flow throughout your body is critical for good health. It’s important to get up each day, move around, go for a walk and stay active. With the sedentary lifestyle that many Americans have adapted, we’re getting outside less. We’re spending too much time watching TV or playing games. Add to that the fact that there are now 73 million Baby Boomers according to Census.gov.
What are the consequences of poor circulation?
If you don’t get enough exercise to keep the blood flowing through your arteries, then you may begin to experience symptoms. These should not be ignored. Some of them can lead to serious health issues such as:
Blood clots: A clump of blood that has become gel-like or semisolid. Though clotting is a necessary process that prevents us losing too much blood, when clots form in our veins, they become obstacles that prevent blood from flowing properly.
Diabetes: Too much sugar in the blood. Diabetes is a disease where your blood sugar levels are too high. The process of your body making insulin is thwarted.
Hypertension: Another name for high blood pressure, this condition can lead to heart disease and strokes.
Atherosclerosis: A term that refers to the buildup of fats, cholesterol and other substances in and on your artery walls (plaque). Once plaque builds, it can restrict blood flow. Sometimes plaque will burst, triggering a blood clot. It can affect arteries anywhere in your body including the heart.
Peripheral artery disease: Peripheral artery disease is a condition where the arteries that serve the head, legs, arms and stomach are clogged. When the blood can no longer flow properly to these exterior regions, you may experience numerous symptoms.
Don’t Ignore Your Symptoms
Poor circulation is a problem that affects many Americans; not just older people. Today, doctors are finding more people who are not active enough to keep their bodies healthy. If you’ve been experiencing symptoms associated with poor circulation, talk to your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Your doctor will conduct a physical examination. He or she may order tests to determine the cause and advise you on the appropriate treatments.
Though you may be familiar with the more common symptoms of poor circulation, there are a few others that can be a wake-up call for sufferers. Below are a few of the not-so-common symptoms of poor circulation:
• Cold hands and feet
• Varicose veins
• Muscle cramps
• Memory loss or difficulty concentrating
• Slow healing of wounds
• Excessive fatigue
• Brain fog
Is it time for a wake-up call?
Sometimes we all need a wake-up call when it comes to our health. We don’t see the harm in sitting around the house for a few days binge-watching favorite programs. But it’s important to go out, take a walk or a run and get your heart beat up. As we are more active, the blood pumps through our heart and lungs at stronger rates. We can avoid blood clots, diabetes and other serious illnesses.
Though some of us are more prone to obesity and diabetes, carrying around excess weight each day places a burden on your heart and your whole body. Make up your mind this year to get more healthy. Find ways to become more active. For instance, take up a hobby that gets you up and out of the house. Join a local community group. There are many these days that perform jobs like cleaning up the neighborhood, helping the homeless or working with the elderly. In some areas, you’ll find local theater groups. This can be a fun way to use your acting or singing skills. The bottom line is to re-engage with life and people.
Underlying health issues?
If you are one of those people who has a health problem that prevents you from being able to get adequate exercise, then speak to your doctor about this. Even those who are bedridden can usually perform some leg lifts, arm raises and deep breathing exercises. No matter your age or condition, it’s important to find ways to keep your body moving. Let’s make a promise to ourselves for the future of our health, to work harder at getting up each day, getting dressed and going out.
Remember your Covid19 precautions
Though many of us have been homebound for months due to Covid-19, you can still get dressed and go for a short walk each day. Don’t forget to take your mask. Look around and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. Remember to maintain a safe distance of at least six feet from other people. In spite of the coronavirus, we can wave at our neighbors, call out to say hello and that sort of thing. Soon, we’ll all get back to a more normal routine. The threat of the virus will be behind us and we’ll all be a little older but wiser.