Obesity and Varicose Veins- the Hidden Problem



By now, most individuals know that being overweight can lead to many problems such as:  high cholesterol, heart disease and diabetes. However, you may not know that varicose veins can also result from being overweight and varicose veins can be more difficult to treat in overweigh or obese individuals.


For people of a normal or healthy weight, the problem of varicose veins is very obvious because you see the raised and engorged areas easily. The leaking veins often cause discomfort and heaviness of the legs. These symptoms in overweight patients can be missed because these problems are attributed to the weight problem itself rather than the possibility of a varicose vein.


Overweight and obese individuals may not realize they actually have varicose veins because the swollen veins are not visible on the surface of the skin. Over time, the building pressure in the leaking veins can cause damage to the skin on the lower leg- increasing the risk of developing a leg ulceration due to varicose veins being left untreated.  This harsh reality provides the public with yet another reason to strive for a healthier lifestyle and weight.


If you think you may be suffering from varicose veins, consult a specialist to asses your concerns and develop a tailored treatment that is specific to your needs.



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