Lots of people think that only older people have problems with poor circulation, but that isn’t necessarily true. Lots of young people suffer from poor circulation due to poor diets and a lack of exercise.
This can cause people’s health to decline, as blood carries oxygen and nutrients to all parts of your body. If you’re worried about your circulation, here are 12 warning signs of poor circulation.
1. Being Tired All The Time
If your circulatory system has slowed down, it will struggle to deliver oxygen and vitamins to your body. This can slow down your metabolism, so that your body will start to conserve energy. This will make you feel tired on a daily basis.
2. Cold Hands And Feet
If you have bad circulation blood struggles to travel to the furthest parts of your body, so you will notice that your hands and feet are much colder than the rest of your body.
3. Dark Circles Under Your Eyes
Dark circles under your eyes can be caused by a few things, but poor circulation is one of the most common reasons. Press under your eye and remove your fingers; if the area is lighter when your fingers are there but darkens when you remove them, it might be related to circulation.
4. Difficulty Thinking Clearly
Poor circulation means that your brain isn’t getting enough blood, so your mental abilities will slow down. You might notice that you aren’t thinking clearly, or that your memory has worsened.
5. Loss of Appetite
Another sign of poor circulation is a lack of appetite. This is because your digestion becomes impaired if your blood flow slows down, so you will feel less hungry.
6. Digestive Problems
A lack of blood flow to your digestive tract will also cause digestive problems, as your body will struggle to digest food properly. This can result in loose bowel movements and a feeling of nausea. You may also notice that you often feel weak and tired.
7. Numbness In Your Arms And Legs
Numbness in your arms and legs happens when the blood flow to them is cut off. This is often described as your limbs falling asleep, and you may also notice that your limbs tingle as the blood flow improves.
8. Swollen Feet and Hands
Swollen feet and hands are a serious sign of poor circulation. This is caused by nutrient imbalances and your body’s struggle to keep fluid in your blood vessels. The fluid can leak out into the surrounding tissue, creating the swelling.
9. Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are visible purple veins underneath your skin. This is caused by poor circulation, which causes the veins under your skin to swell and twist. They don’t always hurt, but they can become itchy and painful.
10. Weaker Hair And Nails
Brittle, weak hair and nails are caused by a lack of blood flow to the extremities. If your nails and hair chip and break easily, you may have poor circulation.
11. A Tight Feeling In Your Chest
One of the main symptoms of bad circulation is angina, which feels like tightening in the chest. This is because the heart isn’t getting enough blood flow, and it is a good indicator that you have poor circulation.
12. Leg Ulcers
Another symptom of poor circulation are leg ulcers that develop around the ankles and knees. This is caused by a lack of blood flow to the legs, and you may notice patches of sore, inflamed skin on your legs that won’t go away.
Do most of these signs of poor circulation apply to you? If so, arrange to speak to your doctor about the problem and possible solutions.
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