Allow us to answer the question posed by the title of this week’s blog this way: absolutely! Far too often, both varicose and spider veins are associated with elderly women. And while it is true that these commonly-referred-to-as “unsightly” veins are more common in women than men, it is certainly possible for men to develop them in their legs as well. It’s important to remember that the appearance of such veins is caused by pressure in the legs – regardless of gender or age.
Why are varicose veins more common in women?
It’s important to consider some of the factors that lead to pressure in the legs. As vascular surgeon, Dr. Honesto Poblete explains on Mercerspace.com, some of the most common causes of varicose veins in women are pregnancy, menopause and hormone therapy. The pressure caused by such circumstances produces swelling in the veins, which indicates the presence of venous disease.
What are some of the causes of varicose veins in men?
Just like women, men can develop varicose and spider veins due to activities that put extra pressure on the legs. As Dr. Poblete lists, those activities include standing for long periods of time, frequent traveling, spending long hours either driving or flying and leg trauma caused by a sports-related injury.
How common are varicose veins in men?
Sara Cann of Men’s Health reveals that British research found that as many as 56 percent of men suffer from varicose veins. “The problem involves the veins in the lower extremities,” she explains, “When you are in an erect position, your blood pools in these veins, expanding the vein walls which over time stop returning to their previous, more taut condition.”
What can be done to ward off the appearance of varicose veins?
Let’s put it this way: the more action you give your legs, the better! Keeping active will help to reduce the amount of pressure placed on the legs and eliminate the pooling of blood. Regular exercise, therefore, is highly recommended as it promotes circulation and adequate blood flow from the legs to the heart. Even if you can’t find time to exercise regularly, it’s advisable that you keep moving somehow.
“Blood naturally collects in your legs when you’re not moving, so sitting for long periods of time can lead to venous disease,” informs Dr. Poblete, “Try to take walks throughout the day, or even take just a few minutes to move your legs around if you’re at a desk all day.”
Compression hose or stockings are also helpful in warding off varicose veins. “Compression leggings’ tension pushes the blood up from the ankle (the greatest pressure point), and redistributes it more evenly up the leg,” explains Cann, “If you don’t need prescription-grade strength, aim for hose with 10 to 30 millimeters of mercury (measurement of pressure).”
As well, you’ll certainly want to watch what you eat. Avoid foods that are high in sodium as they lead to fluid retention. Such foods include smoked, cured, salted or canned meat; fish or poultry including bacon, ham, cold cuts, sausage, frankfurters, sardines, caviar and anchovies; salted nuts; canned ravioli, spam, chilli and beans with added salt as well as frozen dinners.
What is the best treatment for varicose veins?
At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we proudly offer sclerotherapy which is considered the “gold standard” in the removal of varicose veins. Safe and effective, this treatment offers excellent results and minimal discomfort. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.