Who Gets Varicose Veins? Vein Disease Affects Everyone“Many people are surprised to learn that it is estimated that half the U.S. population is suffering from some form of vein disease,” says Dr. Stephen Bunker, of Bunker Vein & Imaging Center.

“Over 30 million people are suffering from some form of this disease actively, such as with varicose veins, severe symptoms, ulcerations of the skin, etc.”

According to WebMD.com, varicose and spider veins can occur in men or women of any age, but they most frequently affect women of childbearing years and older. Family history of the problem and aging increase one’s tendency to develop varicose and spider veins.

Risk Factors for Vein Disease

Who gets varicose veins?

  • Older age
  • Being female (Hormonal changes from puberty, pregnancy and menopause can lead to varicose veins. Taking birth control pills or hormone replacement can also increase your risk.)
  • Being born with defective valves
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • History of blood clots in your legs
  • Standing or sitting for long periods
  • Family history of varicose veins

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