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Is There a Link Between Diabetes and Varicose Veins?

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Is There a Link Between Diabetes and Varicose Veins?

Posted on January 10, 2018 by Ryan Rivard


The answer is yes and no. Yes, people who have both diabetes and varicose veins have a greater risk of developing certain conditions and facing complications than people who do not. And no, diabetes does not cause varicose veins, nor do varicose veins cause diabetes. They are completely different conditions that impact many of the same body systems. Let’s look at how they overlap, and what it means to those who affected by both conditions.


Being overweight will put you at risk for developing diabetes and increase your risk of developing varicose veins. However, if you maintain a healthy weight with a balanced diet that is high in fiber and exercise regularly, you can help forestall, prevent, or control both conditions and significantly reduce their impact on your overall health.

Blood Vessels

Diabetes can cause damage to your small blood vessels. Varicose veins are characterized by damaged valves in blood vessels that prevent blood from flowing from the tissues to the heart. In both cases, the impact they have on the body may cause you to feel pain and discomfort in the legs and feet –pain and discomfort that should not be ignored.


Like type 2 diabetes, varicose veins most often appear in people who have reached middle age and they both often follow a genetic predisposition. But, although varicose veins appear after 40 in most cases, they are not a normal part of aging and they can occur at any age.


Diabetes weakens the immune system making diabetics are more susceptible to developing wounds, ulcers, and numbness, especially in the lower extremities. If combined with a severe case of varicose veins, the risk of infection can become serious. Any wounds or varicose veins on a diabetic patient should be examined by a healthcare provider regularly.


The information we have presented is for general information only. Diabetes can be a debilitating disease that affects many parts of the body. When compounded with circulatory issues, such as varicose veins, it is imperative that the patient is evaluated by a qualified healthcare professional.

Whether or not you suffer from diabetes, your varicose veins can be eliminated through non-invasive, outpatient procedures. At Illinois Vein Specialists, our board-certified vein experts study the blood flow in your veins and recommend course of action that best fits your needs. We have already helped more than 10,000 patients. It’s time for you to take a step toward improving your health.



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