Overweight Postmenopausal Women have Greater Need for Varicose Vein Treatment
As if going through menopause wasn’t enough of a hassle, a study from the Journal of Vascular Surgery says weight gain in postmenopausal women can play a role in the development of varicose veins. According to that study, the risk for developing the unattractive, often painful or itchy veins increased in older women with a body mass index (BMI) of over 30, the clinical definition of obesity. BMI is ratio of the body’s height and weight and is often used to assess an individual’s risk for specific diseases or medical conditions related to weight. The study centered on 104 healthy women between 48 and 65 years of age and found that the risk for developing varicose veins in this population existed independently of hormonal changes that occur during menopause, which means you can’t blame your ugly purple veins on a lack of estrogen.
Even if you lose weight (and good for you if you do!), that doesn’t mean those veins will disappear along with the bulges. The damage that occurs in a varicose vein is permanent, and losing weight isn’t going to make them go away. There is good news, though: Today there are simple procedures that can be performed at an outpatient vein center to get rid of those veins once and for all, and frankly, if you have bulging, purplish veins marring your legs, few things can do more for your sense of self-esteem than having them removed. Varicose Vein Treatment also eliminates the pain, itchiness, and feelings of heaviness or fatigue that often accompany varicose veins.
Dr. Siragusa and his staff at his Nashville vein treatment center specialize in state-of-the-art techniques and technology that are safe and effective to ensure your varicose veins are a thing of the past. Not all varicose veins are the same, so treatments begin with a thorough assessment to make sure your veins receive the right type of treatment. Many procedures can be completed in under an hour and involve little to no down time, meaning you can quickly resume the activities of daily living following your procedure.
Of course, even though weight loss may not eliminate the varicose veins you have now, losing some pounds if you’re overweight can go a long way toward preventing varicose veins in the future, regardless of your age or gender. The pressure exerted on your vessels by added weight is one of the factors that can cause the tiny valves in your veins to become stressed and damaged, interfering with the normal forward flow of blood and causing the bulging, purplish appearance of varicose veins and spider veins.
Varicose veins can occur in anyone, but they are more likely to occur in women, in those with a family history of the condition, in people whose careers cause them to stand for long periods of time and in pregnant women. They also tend to occur more frequently as we age. No matter where you are in life, varicose veins still present the same problems: Unattractive appearance, pain, itching, swelling – you know the drill. The first step in caring for them is to make an appointment with a specialist so you can have your veins assessed and develop a treatment plan that works for you.