One of the most common, and serious, problems adults and older people face is poor circulation. Blood carries oxygen and nutrients around the body and helps heal wounds and other ailments. However, If you have issues with your circulation, your body is less well able to fight off disease.

It’s important to get your blood pressure and circulation checked regularly. Follow your doctor’s advice regarding exercise, diet, hydration and lifestyle interventions, even if you are seriously ill.

The Dangers of Poor Circulation

Poor circulation leading to a lack of oxygen reaching your vital organs, including the brain and the heart, can have serious consequences. The danger to your mental, as well as your physical, health cannot be overemphasized. Risks include cardiovascular failure, stroke, and complications such as infected skin ulcers or blood clots.

Vector demonstrating poor blood circulation because of cold foot

If you have poor circulation, wounds heal more slowly and it takes longer to recover from illnesses. Elderly people with this condition and who are immobile are at greater risk of stroke and blood clots. Other risks include fatigue, lethargy and a lower life expectancy. If you have blood pressure problems, the risk of developing a blood clot may increase, for instance, during air travel.

The Symptoms Of Poor Circulation

A classic symptom of blood not circulating around your body normally is cold hands and feet. A condition called Raynaud’s disease leads to narrowing arteries in these parts of your body, and consequent circulation problems.

Numbness, tingling or swelling in the feet or arms could indicate poor circulation. People with this condition may also be more likely to get cramp and joint pain. Other symptoms include varicose veins, ulcers in the legs or feet, digestive problems, memory loss, and fatigue. Dry skin, brittle nails and hair loss, especially on the legs, are further symptoms.


Atherosclerosis is a condition where plaque (fats, cholesterol and other substances) builds up in the blood vessels, and especially arteries. This build-up of plaque narrows and hardens the blood vessels, which restricts blood flow, causing poor circulation.

Diabetes can also cause circulation issues, as high levels of blood glucose may damage blood vessels, causing plaque build-up.

Being overweight, smoking or drinking too much alcohol put you at much greater risk of developing circulation problems. A sedentary lifestyle in people who may already have other health issues can aggravate poor circulation. This can give rise to increased health risks as outlined above.

The information above is the for the education purpose only, please see your doctor if you have issues with your circulation. Impaired blood circulation is a very serious condition, which one should not ignore.

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This content comprises informative and educational resources only and can not be considered as a substitute for professional health or medical guidance. Reliance on any information provided in this article is solely at your own risk. If you have any inquiries or apprehensions about your medical condition or health goals, talk with a licensed physician or healthcare provider.