Being tall heightens the risk for varicose veins

Being tall heightens the risk for varicose veins

Tall people and Varicose veins

It’s rare to find a tall person complain about having a model’s height. You can also easily reach the top-shelf at the grocery store. Unfortunately, tall people have higher chances of having varicose veins.

Varicose veins aren’t just an appearance sore spot. They can be painful and when left undetected and untreated, leads to ulcers and blood clots.

The swelling, enlarged purple or blue veins that develop on the legs and feet come due to several reasons, some being the excess pressure on your veins from being overweight, heredity, lack of blood circulation for a long time, weakening veins as you age, pregnancy causes a decrease in blood flow to your legs, says the Mayo Clinic, an academic medical center.

Furthermore, the journal Circulation published a study conducted by UK Biobank. They evaluated the information of more than 500,000 people ages 40 to 69 and found that being tall could play a role in developing varicose veins, as well.

While scientists have determined the reasons being overweight or pregnancy can develop varicose veins, ‘being tall’ as one of the reasons surprised them:

A cardiologist and the study author Nicholas Leeper, MD, told CNN: the study found a connection between height and varicose veins and the connection was an underlying cause. It suggests that the genes and pathways determining the human height could cause varicose veins. He goes on to state it is not certain what is happening, perhaps taller people are affected by gravity, or there could be something in the vessel wall.

What can you do?

Fortunately, for all us tall people there are simple ways you can prevent varicose veins—just like anyone else dealing with varicose veins—to ease the symptoms if they do come.

Since your circulation undertakes such a major role in the condition, movement, exercising regularly and ensuring you’re not in one position for hours is essential. Eating a healthy diet that is low in salt, keeping your high heels for occasions, and elevating your legs can help, as well. Wearing casual support socks can prevent varicose veins.

Doctors recommend compression stockings, sclerotherapy or laser treatment to treat the veins as the case may be.

Focusing on your health and ensuring you’re caring for your body does good in the battle against varicose veins, and remember: developing varicose veins isn’t the end of the world. The sooner it is detected and treated, you can manage the condition better.

Being tall has a lot of advantages; you can deal with minor problems that come along the way.


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