At Allure Medical, we’ve talked at length about how important it is to maintain a healthy body weight, and we’ve shared a lot of tips, tricks, and recipes to help our readers live life at a healthy weight. But today, we’re talking about weight for a different reason—varicose veins. Those ugly, blue and purple veins that show up on our legs as we age have a lot to do with how much we weigh.
Varicose Veins and Excessive Weight
When the body is forced to carry extra weight, it puts extra stress on everything…
- The respiratory system
- The cardiovascular system
In the vessels and veins, that stress creates unhealthy pressure that makes it more difficult for the blood to circulate throughout the body—especially out of the feet and legs. And when blood has a difficult time traveling from the lower extremities to the heart, it pools, which leads to the swelling and stretching of the vessel and vein walls.
Over time (and especially with age), it becomes difficult for the body to repair the damage from the swelling and stretching, and when the body can’t keep up anymore, varicose veins happen.
Why Losing Weight Helps
Given that excessive weight gain and the development of varicose veins appear to be correlated, it stands to reason that losing weight would, at a minimum, help slow the progression of the condition—and medical science bears that assumption out. Having said that, weight loss cannot undo the damage already done to your veins, vessels, and capillaries when it comes to varicose veins, it can only prevent further damage.
Put a simpler way, if you have varicose veins, losing weight will not help them go away. The only way to get existing varicose veins to go away is to pursue a treatment, like Endovenous Laser Vein Ablation (EVLT) or Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy, both of which are available at Allure Medical.