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2014-06-05

Obesity and Varicose Veins

Many factors contribute to the occurrence of varicose veins in patients, including family history, gender, age, injury/trauma to veins and pregnancy. However, obesity is a major risk factor for varicose veins.

Obesity is an important risk factor to discuss because of its prevalence in our nation. In fact, more than one-third of all adults in the U.S. are obese, according to the CDC. The good news is that while you can’t do anything about your family history, gender or age, you can definitely take action to control your weight and reduce your likelihood of getting varicose veins.

Why Does Obesity Contribute to Varicose Veins?

Obesity puts excess pressure on the veins of the legs, contributing to varicose veins and aggravating the symptoms of those who have the condition. Other factors associated with obesity, such as high blood pressure and lack of physical activity, are also risk factors for varicose veins. High blood pressure in the leg veins can in turn lead to advanced symptoms such as skin changes and ulcers around the ankles, according to the Vascular Disease Foundation.

Steps to Take

To curb obesity and also manage your varicose veins, it is recommended that you stay active, as movement in your leg muscles encourages blood flow. You can get temporary relief of varicose vein symptoms by elevating your legs about six inches above the level of your heart and by wearing compression stockings. Finally, see a physician specializing in varicose veins who can diagnose the cause of your varicose veins and inform you of your treatment options, including minimally-invasive options.

Other Reasons to Manage Your Weight

Aside from being more likely to have varicose veins, patients who are obese are also at much higher risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. By staying within a healthy weight range, you not only reduce your likelihood of getting varicose veins, but you also reduce your chances of some of the leading causes of preventable death.

About Via Vascular

Do you have varicose or spider veins? Trust the experts at Via Vascular. Our doctors offer minimally invasive varicose vein treatment and spider vein treatment. Schedule an appointment today to find out if you are a candidate for treatment by calling Via Vascular at (206) 525-8346.

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