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Does Being Overweight Cause Varicose Veins?

Does Being Overweight Cause Varicose Veins?

Posted on December 4, 2019 by Dr. Stephen Rivard

Despite the movements for body positivity and self-love, being overweight is still dangerous to your health. Over time, your risks for diseases and chronic illnesses increase, including the development of varicose veins. Varicose veins develop when the lining and valves of veins are weakened over time. This can happen to anyone, but the more weight you carry, the more at risk you are and the more severe your symptoms may be.

Carrying excess weight puts unnatural strain on your body, which leads to a gradual deterioration and damage of your organs, veins, and arteries. The more damaged your circulatory systems are, the harder they have to work to do their job. Pressure builds up and makes it difficult for your veins to work efficiently. Over time, overworked veins will start to bulge, as they’re no longer able to pump blood through your body. This is a varicose vein. With that being said, the more strain you put on your body from excess weight, the more likely you are to develop varicose veins.

Unfortunately, it is more problematic for people who are overweight to develop varicose veins than for people with regular BMIs. The problem is that excess fat can easily cause varicose veins to go unnoticed. If you aren’t aware of varicose veins, you won’t get them treated, which puts you at a higher risk for developing serious complications such as deep vein thrombosis, leg ulcers, and even strokes. That’s why it’s so important to see a vein specialist, like those at Illinois Vein Specialists. The sooner you can treat your varicose veins, the better.

While varicose veins aren’t always caused by weight gain directly, the two are closely related. To help combat any health concerns caused by varicose veins, it’s important to talk to your doctor about what you can do to lose weight and keep it off. 

While losing weight is extremely important for your overall health, it will not reverse the occurrence of varicose veins that have already developed. It can help keep them from getting worse, but to reverse the effect you will need to visit a board-certified specialist, such as Illinois Vein Specialists. Our doctors are specially trained to safely and effectively treat your varicose veins. By using a small, targeted laser, we can help your body re-absorb the defective veins so your blood flow is redirected to healthier veins and your skin returns to a normal appearance.


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