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Tired, Achy Legs? Here Are 4 Tips to Ease Peripheral Artery Disease Symptoms


If your legs often feel sore and tired, it could be a sign of peripheral artery disease (PAD). This disease is caused by a narrowing of the arteries that leads to poor circulation in your extremities. A common symptom of PAD is pain in the legs that’s activated by physical activities like walking, but eases up when resting. Approximately 6.5 million US adults over 40 are affected by PAD; and those with high blood pressure, increased cholesterol levels, or diabetes have a higher risk. Although medications called statins are commonly prescribed as treatment for peripheral artery disease, making tweaks to your everyday habits may also help improve your blood flow and bring necessary relief. Here are four natural treatment tips for easing peripheral artery disease symptoms.

#1: Switch up your walking routine.

Walking for 30 minutes a day eases pain, but it can be difficult when your legs already ache. A workaround: Try a “start/stop” style of walking, as if you’re playing the childhood game “red light, green light.” Walk until you’re moderately uncomfortable, then stop and rest. Once the discomfort is gone, start walking again. Moderate-pain exercise or pain-free exercises help boost blood flow for…

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