Most men feel that varicose veins are only concerns for women. Men can be affected by venous disease just the same as the ladies. Men and women generally have the same symptoms, even before you see bulging and discolored veins: pain, leg heaviness, tiredness, swelling and muscle cramps, and perhaps restless legs that keep you awake at night.
Varicose Veins Are Not Just A Cosmetic Issue
Many men may keep from treating their varicose veins, simply because they aren’t concerned with the appearance of the veins. However, having varicose veins are not just a cosmetic issue. Leaving varicose veins untreated can be downright dangerous.
Healthy veins work to pump blood back up to your heart and, when doing their job properly, you won’t even think about it. When there is a problem with your veins, such as a broken valve, those healthy veins quickly go from being fully-functioning and automated, to being twisted, swollen blood vessels that can cause pain, itching, swelling or discomfort. Regardless of your level of pain or other symptoms, varicose veins are a signal that blood flow from that area to your heart is restricted.
Blood restriction is more than a cosmetic issue. If you leave your varicose veins untreated, they can lead to pain, swelling, and possibly even ulceration.
You’re Not The Only One
Varicose veins are a very common issue. In fact, it is estimated that up to 30 million Americans are suffering from varicose veins right now. Perhaps knowing you’re not alone will help you feel more at ease.
It’s Time For Change
You should always consult a vein specialist to determine the severity of your varicose veins, and be ready for your doctor to suggest changing up some habits to help.
There are a few factors that contribute to Varicose veins:
- Carrying extra weight
- Sitting or standing too much
While you can’t fight things such as your genes, your hormones, and your age, you can do something about being overweight, and the amount of time that you spend being sedentary. The best way to solve both of those problems and to help with your varicose veins, is to exercise.
Start small like a 30-minute walk every day will make a huge difference in your weight and the pressure you’re putting on your veins.
In addition to walking, you can try biking, elliptical, or equipment-free leg exercises. The more weight you carry around, and the more time you spend either sitting or standing means more pressure on your veins, which contributes to varicose veins.
Watch What You Eat
Ensuring you maintain a healthy diet is another way that you can help with your vein health. Yes, what you eat will have an effect on your veins. Improve your vein health by:
- Eating more fiber
- Consuming more Vitamin C
- Drinking more water
- Ingesting more rutin (a flavonoid found in foods such as asparagus, berries, figs, and more)
- Watching your salt intake — try to keep it low
- These are simple changes you can work into your daily diet with little to no effort.
Most Importantly – Seek Treatment
Varicose veins are not something you want to leave untouched. Even if your veins are at a point where they are simply visible, yet not painful, head to a vein specialist near you for a diagnosis. The earlier you’re able to catch your vein problems and properly treat, the easier things will be for you.
Depending on the severity of your vein problems, your doctor may simply tell you to:
- Incorporate daily exercise into your life
- Wear compression stockings
- Elevate your legs
However, if your vein issues persist, you will likely have to seek additional treatment. With the introduction of lasers into the medical world, most vein issues can be fixed via Endovenous Thermal Ablation Treatment, Radiofrequency Ablation Treatment (RFA), or other minimally invasive procedures. Your vein specialist will discuss the best method for your treatment.
Expert care will get the average varicose vein patient treated in about an hour with a minimally invasive walk-in walk-out procedure.
For vein treatment you can trust, contact Premier Vein Specialists for a FREE Screening with no obligation. Premier Vein Specialists offer the free screening so you can meet the staff, and see if Dr. Mathai is the right fit for you. Call us at 717-412-7226.