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Common Factors that Increase Your Risk for Spider or Varicose Veins

Last updated 6 years ago

Spider and varicose veins may occur at any age during adulthood, even in otherwise healthy individuals. However, if you are aware of your risk factors, you can reduce your chances of developing these unsightly veins by making simple lifestyle changes. Here are a few of the leading causes for varicose veins:

  • Gender

Females are at an increased risk of experiencing weakness in the veins, as estrogen can deplete the collagen in vein walls. If your mother or grandmother had varicose veins, then you are likely to develop them as well. Usually, times of significant hormonal change—puberty, pregnancy, and menopause—are the most detrimental to your veins. Many women develop problems during pregnancy, as the combination of added weight and hormonal fluctuations are particularly trying on the vascular system.

  • Weight

Being overweight puts more pressure on your veins, and even a few pounds can make a large difference. Include low impact exercises in your daily routine to keep your heart healthy and your blood flowing. This is especially important if your regularly sit or stand for long periods of time. A low-fat diet rich in dark green vegetables and fresh fruit is also beneficial for your circulatory health.

  • Smoking

The nicotine found in cigarettes increases blood pressure and causes your veins to work harder when pumping blood back to the heart. The damage that smoking does to your veins is irreversible, so eliminating or minimizing any smoking habits as soon as possible will give you a better chance at healthy veins.

To explore solutions for or get tips for the prevention of spider or varicose veins, schedule a consultation with Advanced Varicose Treatments of Manhattan. We specialize in non-invasive treatments including foam Sclerotherapy and VNUS closure. Contact us online or call (212) 204-6501 today.


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