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Old 01-17-2008, 01:18 PM   #1
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How to get bigger (more visible) arm veins?

I have a hard time getting blood work done or getting an IV because the veins in my arms are very small. Is there anyway to make them bigger (more visible)?

I heard if your arms have less fat, and more muscle, it can make them more visible. Is this true? And if so, what kind of arm exercises would be best to do?

Is there anything else that can make them bigger/more visible? Any types of food or vitamins?

Thanks for the advice!

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Old 01-17-2008, 04:02 PM   #2
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Re: How to get bigger (more visible) arm veins?

I am not sure if there is anything you can do. I have the same problem. I know if you drink too much alcohol, smoke (a vaso-constictor), or are dehydrated your veins become thin. I have heard that niacin can help but when I took it I had to many hot flashes, so I stopped. Hope someone else has insight on this.

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Re: How to get bigger (more visible) arm veins?

A nurse told me one time to drink lots of water prior to having blood drawn. This apparently helps to plump up the veins. Dehydration is the problem.

 
Old 01-18-2008, 06:39 AM   #4
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Re: How to get bigger (more visible) arm veins?

I believe it is true because all of my veins are huge. However I was injured and lazy for two years and gained weight and the veins were no longer visible. When I hit the gym hard again they began to appear. Do a lot of arm curls and you should see results within two months. I lift 45 - 50 pounds per arm.

 
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Re: How to get bigger (more visible) arm veins?

Davis makes a great point! When I used to lift I had great veins...then I got lazy too. Exercise increases blood flow which, in turn, enlarges the veins. Damn I really should start lifting again!
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Old 01-18-2008, 11:24 PM   #6
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Re: How to get bigger (more visible) arm veins?

yup do anything that require more regulation of blood flow like exercise and power work...,i don't suggest to use any medications to make it large.

 
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