A person either is destined to get varicose veins and spider veins in their lifetime or not according to genetics; one is either born with this common predilection or not.  There is nothing that can be done to prevent leg veins if you inherited this problem.  Nearly 50% of women have them, while 25% of men have varicose vein or spider veins.  However, if you regularly wear properly fitted 20-30 mm compression hosiery, you may slow down the otherwise inevitable progression of your condition – until the day genetic engineers correct the defect.


If you are not genetically inclined to develop varicosities, you can’t cause them to appear by walking, crossing your legs or any other activity.


Since you can’t choose different parents or alter your genetics, what can you do – especially during the hot summer months when symptoms can become more apparent?  First, wear properly fitted, graduated, therapeutic (20-30 mm) support hose – not OTC Leggs or Haines.  Yes, it’s another layer to wear in the summer heat!  Second, elevate your legs when the opportunity arises, such as when watching TV or during a long car ride as a passenger.  Third, consult with a vein specialist to consider non-surgical therapies such as sclerotherapy or endovenous thermal ablation.


Walking is the best exercise for your condition and will not exacerbate your veins. However, running may possibly serve to aggravate your varicosities. Wearing compression stockings would be a good idea while exercising. In addition, either OTC Vensatat (horse chestnut seed extract) or prescription Vasculera could help keep any symptoms of venous insufficiency under better control.


Women have a much higher incidence of varicose veins than men due to hormonal factors and pregnancy.  Pregnancy most certainly exacerbates varicose veins and their complications, but it doesn’t cause them.  Cyclical female hormones have a deleterious stressful effect on the body’s veins.  Furthermore, the hormone balance during pregnancy which serves to support the fetus and placenta places even more stress on leg veins due to increased blood volume and pressure exerted by the growing baby.


Diseased saphenous veins are genetically programmed to deteriorate over time, developing thick walls and malfunctioning valves.  The best treatment approach is to be proactive with compression stockings, leg elevation and non-surgical treatment methods so you can enjoy a healthier life with loved ones!

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