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Myth: Crossing your Legs Gives You Varicose Veins
Reality: If only it were that simple. Unfortunately, the formation of varicose veins is pretty much out of your control: Those gnarled, enlarged, dark purple veins often found on your legs and feet are the work of the weakend valves and for some women, hormonal changes.
When veins are functioning properly, they return blood from your body to your heart to be recirculated. The veins in your legs work against gravity, so tiny valves open as blood flows up toward the heart, then close to stop the blood from flowing backwards, according to the Mayo Clinic. As you age, veins lose elasticity and valves may weaken, so blood flows backwards and pools, and your veins enlarge and become varicose. Female hormones also tend to relax vein walls; family history and obesity contribute as well.
Some experts consider standing in the same position for long periods of time as a potential risk factor (because blood doesn't flow as well). Bust crossing your legs is not an issue.