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How do you explain the size of our Veins?

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Created September 19, 2011 at 4:43 AM

I've noticed a quick and noticeable increase in the size of my veins. You know how ripped and veiny your arm looks if you hang off a table side while laying on it? That's how my arms are looking at any position they're in. This can't be high fat related, because I was eating tons of beef tallow way before and this didn't happen. Actually, I need to follow an elimination type eating habit, which I've been slacking on, but it's either correlated to a really high muscle meat diet (impossible to avoid doing Paleo in our society), high raw diet, or high fruit diet. The size of the veins are a little worrying It does look a little strange, anyone have an answer?

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on June 02, 2012
at 09:17 PM

Sounds like you just need to eat more, Charlie.

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on January 20, 2012
at 01:40 AM

I really want to poke a hole in that big one on the left

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on October 10, 2011
at 05:46 AM

Nope, veins carry DEoxygenated blood back to the heart (except for pulmonary and umbilical veins, but those aren't involved in carrying blood to muscles).

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on September 19, 2011
at 10:15 PM

I don't have such popped, round muscles, I'm fairly skinny unfortunately, so it's a little strange looking

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on September 19, 2011
at 07:16 PM

If you're worried that it looks strange- I can tell you that those prominent veins on the arms are, well, really attractive in a guy. You know, as long as you don't look like that image that FED posted below.

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on September 19, 2011
at 04:42 PM

okay...how to I up my body fat? I eat tons of animal fat, and basically I eat tons of carbs and protein as well

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on September 19, 2011
at 04:13 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vascularity

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on September 19, 2011
at 12:04 PM

I was on a rowing machine when I saw a vein for the first time in my arm. I was like, "COOL!"

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on September 19, 2011
at 04:55 AM

Lower body fat and less water retention (as happens with low-carb eating) will increase the visibility of your veins. That's it.

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on September 19, 2011
at 04:42 PM

okay...how to I up my body fat? I eat tons of animal fat, and basically I eat tons of carbs and protein as well

8c75fd947f7cece22c0770fa80549cbe

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on June 02, 2012
at 09:17 PM

Sounds like you just need to eat more, Charlie.

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on September 20, 2011
at 03:01 AM

I have always had quite a bit of vascularity because I have always been lean. And I'm a woman. It's not my favorite thing about my body (especially the lower ab veins, eesh) but it's not very unusual and doesn't look that bad.

Some other factors besides lower body fat that affect the prominence of your veins are temperature (when it's hot out or I'm overheated, my arm veins get huge), hydration (more water means bulgier veins) and exertion (duh).

I assure you most women think prominent arm/hand veins on a lean, fit, otherwise normal-looking man are quite attractive. You see them on most athletic guys. The picture FED posted is horrific but that just doesn't happen unless you juice and starve yourself on nothing but protein. I think it would be stupid to try to up your body fat in hopes of covering your veins. You'll trade them for a chubbier belly is all.

I love my boyfriend's excessively veiny hands. So sexy.

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on September 19, 2011
at 09:07 AM

My veins pop out like crazy when i'm warm. Could also be the other way around :P

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on June 02, 2012
at 07:27 PM

Medical Terminology Alert

It's called vascularity or vascular.

"That guys arms looks really vascular doing those 100 lbs dumb bell curls"

Truth.

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on June 02, 2012
at 07:05 PM

CO2 promotes vasodilation. Ray Peat considers CO2 to be of utmost importance. Danny Roddy says he gets the veins by supplementing niacinamide, I have bigger veins too right now but not as impressive as I'd like them to be.

When going to France I usually see a lot of tanned peasants with huge veins on their arms. As a matter of fact, last time I went there the owner of the house I rented had it.

As a student I see loads of people my age with those veins on their hands, and usually the ones who have it are pretty muscular and look healthy. I also used to have a good friend with a tremendous amount of veins on his arms, he was tanned all year long (crazy tanned) and was one of the few guys with a six pack. 2 days ago a new vein appeared on my arm, so I'm hoping this will improve even more.

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on June 02, 2012
at 06:14 PM

My mother looked at my arms and was concerned that I was underweight. "No Mom. I've just been working out!"

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on September 19, 2011
at 06:57 PM

Blood pressure has obvious effect.

Case in point...

how-do-you-explain-the-size-of-our-veins?

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on January 20, 2012
at 01:40 AM

I really want to poke a hole in that big one on the left

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on September 19, 2011
at 04:45 PM

What Olivia said. Additionally, veins deliver oxygen to your muscles. If your muscles are using more oxygen, your veins may indeed be larger. This could be a result of muscles needing more oxygen due to use or growing size, could also simply be more oxygen being delivered to your muscles due to a properly working system.

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on October 10, 2011
at 05:46 AM

Nope, veins carry DEoxygenated blood back to the heart (except for pulmonary and umbilical veins, but those aren't involved in carrying blood to muscles).

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