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Diabetes and Varicose Veins

Diabetes and Varicose Veins

Posted on March 9, 2016 by Dr. Stephen Rivard

Vein_Education.jpgHeredity, lifestyle, age, and pregnancy are the most significant risk factors for varicose veins. No matter the cause, veins become varicose when the valves inside them stop functioning properly. Because of this, the blood that should be on its way back to the heart ends up pooling in the legs. This increases the pressure within the veins and stretches them out, giving them their easily recognizable bumpy, twisted appearance.

There are a lot of questions about varicose veins that remain to be answered, so it is understandable that individuals suffering from other diseases which can have negative effects on health, like diabetes, may be worried that they too might have to add varicose veins to their existing list of health concerns. 

There does not seem to be a direct link between diabetes and varicose veins, but because the two diseases share several risk factors, It is not uncommon for a patient with one of these diseases to experience the other later down the line.

One important thing to remember is the increased likeliness of complication during surgery for diabetics. This will be important for a physician to consider in determining the safest and most effective treatment options for an individual patient. For diabetic persons experiencing symptoms of varicose veins, it is very important that they consult a vein disease specialist to ensure the most appropriate measures are taken. 

Avoiding treatment can lead to more apparent varicose veins, worsening pain and swelling, and tired and achy legs. In more serious situations, patients can develop Edema (an excess of watery fluid collecting in the leg tissue), Deep Vein Thrombosis (blood clots in the leg), and even venous ulcersCombining these risks with existing ones associated with diabetes is unwise. It is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. 

Thankfully, new treatment methods have eliminated the need for painful surgery with long recovery periods. Today’s treatment methods are minimally invasive and administered in a comfortable clinic setting, allowing you to return to your daily activities with no downtime!



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