There are a number of varicose vein risk factors and unfortunately, there are several of the identified risks that a sufferer can do little about as they are often dictated by simple facts of life or fate. While having one or more of the risk factors may increase the chances of getting varicose veins and spider veins, it does not necessarily mean that you are destined to get them, and being aware of the risk factors may actually help you to negate their effects.
Gender is a major risk factor for varicose veins as women tend to be more likely to develop this condition. Many of the major physical changes and life events in women’s lives carry a risk as oestrogen and progesterone, the major hormones that dictate puberty, pregnancy and the menopause are known to have muscle and tissue relaxing properties that lead blood vessels to stretch creating the perfect circumstances for varicose veins to occur.
Pregnancy is a very common time of life for varicose veins to develop as the additional weight of carrying the baby, the tissue relaxing qualities of the large amounts of hormones that are pumping around the body and the increase amount of blood in the mothers body needed to support the successful growth of the baby all make the appearance of varicose veins much more likely. Although in many cases, these rogue veins will fade in appearance and present no further symptoms after about three months, successive pregnancies carry the risk that any veins that appeared in during your pregnancy are more likely to come back and stay.
Varicose veins also commonly run in families, as genetic factors can be a powerful influence in determining the strength of the vein valves. It is worth checking out your family history to determine whether this may be likely to affect you.
Varicose veins are an affliction often suffered by chefs, food servers and shop workers, as well as anyone else who needs to spend hours on their feet. If your job requires that you have to stand up for many hours at a time, it makes it easier for the blood to pool which causes the stretching of the venous walls that causes varicose veins to occur. It is always worth remembering that sitting down with your feet raised up after a long day will help to relive discomfort and perhaps may prevent varicose veins from developing.
Sitting for long periods is not good for the veins and is also a risk factor. When sitting at a desk the legs are bent at the hips and knees which can limit the blood flow and impair the circulation which also makes the sitter more likely tod develop this condition. People who like to sit with their legs crossed at the knee are also at an increased risk.
The additional pressure wrought by high blood pressure and the weight of obesity is also a problem, but varicose veins can also be caused by sustaining a leg injury, aging, being on oral contraceptives and also as a result of straining because of constipation can all have a negative effect of your venous health.