Varicose Veins Do Not Discriminate Gender
If you thought varicose veins only occur in women, think again.
Recent estimates show that 43% percent of all men are expected to develop some form of venous disease by the time they reach their 60s, with as high as 56% of men currently showing symptoms of varicose veins.
And while they may not be pretty, varicose veins are not just a cosmetic issue. Many men make the mistake of putting off treatment, assuming that the affected veins are just an eyesore.
But without seeking treatment, men place themselves at risk for developing much more serious conditions, including chronic venous insufficiency and superficial venous reflux disease.
Increasingly severe signs and symptoms of untreated venous disease include but are not limited to:
- Ankle swelling
- Leg pain, aching, or heaviness
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Skin damage or discoloration
What can men do to prevent varicose veins and other venous disease?
To prevent mild forms of venous disease from forming or progressing, making some simple healthy lifestyle changes can often be the most effective approach.
If you feel you may be at risk for or experiencing varicose veins, consider:
- Managing blood pressure and body weight
- Exercising regularly
- Strengthening calf muscles
- Elevating legs whenever possible
- Avoiding periods of prolonged standing or sitting
- Eating a diet low in salt and rich in high-fiber foods
It can’t wait—do not ignore your varicose vein symptoms.
If you are experiencing pain, swelling, or discomfort in the legs, do not put off seeking the help of a vein specialist. Even after making some of the lifestyle changes above, you may find that your varicose vein symptoms continue to progress.
Don’t wait until it’s too late to seek treatment—you could end up with a much more serious problem. Call Bunker Vein at (512) 726-0599 to schedule your free consultation and keep your legs healthy and strong!