Muscle pain, varicosities, collagen

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) – Dr. Bob Cassady of the South Bend Clinic joins us weekly on 16 News Now at noon to answer your medical questions.

Question #1 (from Jacob): “Is there anything I can do to help relieve muscle soreness after training?”

DR. BOB: First of all, it’s a good thing you’re in pain. This means you are exercising and staying active, which is a very good thing. I have a few thoughts on what might help.

It is important to have a warm-up and cool-down period. A good rule of thumb for warming up is to do the exercise you’re going to do, but at a slower, more intense pace. So if you plan on running, walk for 5-10 minutes. If you plan to lift weights, do the same moves but with a lower weight and more reps.

To cool down, do another 5-10 minute walk. I would also recommend gradually increasing the intensity of the workout. Any time you change your activity drastically, you are much more likely to have pain.

Stretching is a bit controversial, as studies haven’t always shown it to reduce injury. But people often feel better if they stretch. So, I would recommend stretching at the end of your recovery.

Question #2 (from Kenzie): “I’m 30 and I already have spider veins on my legs. Why does this happen so young and can I do anything to prevent it from spreading? »

DR. BOB: Varicose veins or spider veins are a very common problem, especially with age.

For most people, this is just a cosmetic issue. But for some people, they can cause discomfort or complications.

There are a few risk factors for varicose veins. Women are more at risk. Advanced age and overweight are also risk factors.

You can try to prevent varicose veins by maintaining a normal weight and exercising regularly, changing positions regularly, and making sure you don’t sit or stand for long periods of time.

Try to keep your legs elevated when sitting or lying down.

Question #3 (from Jen): “Do you recommend taking collagen daily as a supplement?”

DR. BOB: I do not recommend taking collagen.

Collagen is a protein produced by our body that is involved in many connective tissues, including skin and hair.

Many people take collagen supplements made from the connective tissue and bones of various species in hopes of improving skin or hair quality or relieving joint pain. All proteins are made up of building blocks called amino acids.

When you consume a collagen supplement, the body breaks it down just like it breaks down the other proteins we consume in our diet. The body then uses the amino acids to make the proteins it wants.

Taking a collagen supplement does not cause the body to produce collagen. The studies that have been done on collagen do not suggest any substantial benefit.

If you want to improve the quality of your skin and hair, it is more important to have a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and healthy proteins. Avoid excessive exposure to sun and nicotine.

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