For those exploring the need for varicose vein treatment commonly ask questions like, “If I lose weight, will my varicose veins get better?” and “Can I cure varicose veins by losing weight?” The answer to these types of questions is not a clear “yes” or “no.” It’s more complicated than that and basically a “yes and no” answer. Let us explain by getting into the particulars.
It’s a sad but true fact that once you have developed varicose veins, the damage that is done is most likely permanent and losing weight will not fix the damage. People with varicose veins have vein valves that have become damaged, deformed, and unable to do their job. In a healthy vein, valves serve the purpose of preventing the back flow of blood in a vain due to the powerful force of gravity. However, in a varicose vein, these valves do not function properly and the blood is allowed to back flow and then pool in the vein. Then it’s a vicious cycle because pooled blood puts even more pressure on the already damaged vein valves, which cause even more damage. So, even though weight loss will not mend these damaged vein valves, weight loss can help relieve symptoms.
The cause of varicose veins also has a very strong genetic component. The varicose vein trait seems to be dominant, meaning you’ll probably get varicose veins if you receive just one copy of the gene variation that causes them, rather than having to inherit this gene variation from both of your parents. Therefore, if either of your parents, or both, have varicose veins, you’re quite likely to develop them too, and you’ll probably need varicose vein treatment, even if you are not overweight or obese. You can also look to your aunts and uncles for clues about whether or not you’ll get varicose veins at a normal weight.
Having said the above, it is also true that losing weight can help reduce some of the debilitating symptoms of varicose veins and may help slow the progression of the disease. Extra weight does put more pressure on damaged veins and the damaged vein valves and this makes them work even harder. This extra toil can make symptoms like leg aches, stinging, itching, and cramps worse. This is why some vein doctors will suggest to their patients they lose weight as part of their overall strategy to reduce their varicose vein symptoms, usually in addition to some form of clinical varicose vein treatment to get rid of the varicose veins causing the most problems.
Increased exercise is another lifestyle change, along with lower caloric intake, that people use to both lose weight and reduce the irritating symptoms of varicose veins. However, there’s a catch 22 people have to get past to make this work. It’s often true that varicose veins can also cause so much pain or heaviness in the legs that a person who experiences these symptoms may not feel like exercising. So, you may have to put mind over matter and think about how much better you will feel after exercising to get motivated to exercise in the first place. You may have to get past the fear or pain to help alleviate the pain.
If you do get varicose vein treatment at a clinic like Metro Vein Centers, you’ll undoubtedly be told to exercise right away as an important part of your recovery. Exercising helps make the bruising, if any, fade away faster and it helps with easing any pain you may experience due to the procedure. As you exercise and burn more calories, you’ll also likely lose weight which will help you at least low down the progression of your varicose veins that have not been treated, even if weight loss is not an actual cure for this disease.
It is also important to note that being overweight, especially if you are obese, can increase your odds for developing deep blood clots as a complication of varicose veins. However, extra weight should not be thought of as a contraindication for varicose vein treatment because you’ll stand more chance of developing a deep blood clot if you don’t have the treatment. To see if you are a candidate for high risk to develop a deep blood clot, call Metro Vein Centers and set up an appointment for a free evaluation. They can explain all your options and the medical odds of complications like blood clots.
There is one more important point to make regarding weight loss and varicose vein treatment. The more overweight you are, the more technically difficult it will be for your vein doctor, and his or her team, to treat you. Therefore, if you are obese, be sure to seek out one of the highest rated vein doctors in the country with lots experience, such as those you find at Metro Vein Centers. This way, you’ll know your vein doctor has the technical experience needed to treat your specific situation with varicose veins.