THIS Is Why We Have Varicose And Spider Veins

Varicose spider veins

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As summer rolls into our lives, some women are uneasy about wearing shorts or dresses, mostly because of these deeply colored noticeable veins.

According to ‘Say Goodbye to Varicose and Spider Veins’,  more than 80 million adult Americans have varicose veins. But why do they form?

1. Crossing your legs do not form varicose veins – that’s a myth.

“These are just old wives’ tales,” says Luis Navarro, MD, and neither does wearing high heels!  So ladies, don’t worry about strutting your stuff.  Varicose veins are actually more commonly formed by prolonged standing or sitting. Obesity, smoking, lack of exercise, and hormonal birth control can also attribute to the growth.

2. They are not just a ‘looks’ problem.

Just because most experts agree that varicose veins are most often not a health issue, they shouldn’t be ignored. “Varicose veins cause fatigue of the legs, swelling and general discomfort. They can also be a warning of long-term health risks including deep vein thrombosis, blood clots, poor circulation, and leg swelling,” says Dr. Navarro.

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3. It’s definitely genetic.

Varicose veins can be dominant in either parent’s genes. They can even skip a generation!

4. Varicose veins and spider veins aren’t two different things.

Spider veins have:
• small, thin blue blood vessels that can be seen under the skin where as in varicose veins, the blood has pooled and are thick.
• can be a symptom of poor circulation and varicose vein formation

5. Men get them too!

Most patients treated for varicose veins are women, but know that men also suffer from venous diseases.

6. But pregnancy can also influence the formation of  varicose veins.

The extra production of hormones during pregnancy causes veins to relax, making them have more storage capacity.  This means that varicose veins are more likely to form.

7. Exercise is the best way to prevent vein issues.

The more active you are, the less likely varicose veins will form on your body.

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