Dr. Stephen Bunker and his medical team will be at the KEYE Television studios on Wednesday, November 12, 2014. They will be discussing frequently asked questions about diabetes and varicose veins.

Watch for the live interview at 3:15 PM for answers to these questions and more! Be sure to call into the phone bank during the news hour and schedule your free screening.

This will also be a monthly television event, so stay tuned by liking our Facebook page.

Does diabetes cause varicose veins?

Person Self-Administering an Injecting in the ArmThere are no proven direct links between diabetes and varicose veins. Standing for long periods of time, however, does increase the risk of varicose and spider veins – and people who are overweight and stand for too long place greater strain on the veins in their legs. Being overweight also increases the risk of developing diabetes, as well as developing other medical conditions that can impair healthy blood flow. Simply put, the more weight that the legs have to support, then the harder it is for veins to fight gravity and do their job.

What types of foot problems are common in people with diabetes?

Diabetes causes damage to small blood vessels, including those that supply the nerves. Foot problems most often happen when there is nerve damage, also called neuropathy. This can cause tingling, pain (burning or stinging), or weakness in the foot. It can also cause loss of feeling in the foot, resulting in developing an injury without knowing about it. Poor blood flow, or changes in the shape of the feet or toes, may also cause problems.

What can people with diabetes do to prevent varicose veins?

To prevent swelling, people with diabetes should do the following:

  • Cut down on salt intake
  • Elevate the legs when resting
  • Eat high-fiber foods such as bran cereals, whole grain breads, and fresh fruits and vegetables to promote regularity
  • Avoid clothing or undergarments that are tight or constrict the waist, groin or legs

Learn about the various treatments available for varicose veins or call (512) 726-0599 for more information. We have two locations: in Westlake (West Austin) and in Round Rock (North Austin).

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