Weight gain can cause or contribute to lots of diseases and medical problems, including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, sleep apnea and arthritis. Some studies indicate obesity can even play a role in dementia and some types of cancer. But did you know gaining weight can also increase your chances of developing varicose veins and vein disease? It’s true, and the link between weight gain and varicose veins has a lot to do with how the tiny valves inside your veins function.

Vein Disease and Weight Gain

Most people know the heart plays a big role in circulating blood throughout the body. But what they don’t often know is that the blood vessels also help keep blood moving from the heart, throughout the body, then back to the lungs and heart. Inside your veins are tiny valves that open and close in quick succession, working together to keep blood flowing in the right direction. When these valves become weak or damaged, blood slows down and “pools up” inside the veins, weakening the vessel walls and causing bulging, bluish varicose veins to form.

Gaining weight and carrying around those extra pounds increases the pressure on your veins, especially the veins in your lower legs, one of the most common places for varicose veins to form. Increased pressure also means increased strain on your vein’s valves, and over time, that strain can cause the valves to weaken and malfunction.

Those extra pounds also make it more likely you’ll experience related symptoms like:

  • leg swelling (also called edema)
  • itching skin
  • change sin skin texture
  • leg sores (ulcers) that can increase your risk of infection
  • leg fatigue or feelings of heaviness in your legs
  • leg cramps
  • restless leg syndrome (a condition that causes you to feel an undeniable urge to move your legs during rest)

Without prompt treatment, the pain, aching and fatigue caused by varicose veins can take a big toll on your everyday activities, making it an effort to take part in social activities or even regular routines like climbing stairs and walking.

Varicose Vein Treatment for Better Health

Fortunately, you have lots of options when it comes to treating varicose veins and vein disease. At Metro Vein Centers, we offer a broad array of varicose vein treatment options for optimal results based on your specific needs. Many patients find that having their varicose veins treated relieves leg fatigue and discomfort, making it easier for them to stay active and shed those extra pounds. And of course, having your varicose veins treated can improve your circulation and help you enjoy better overall health as well.

Know your risks for vein disease.

If you’re overweight, you have a much greater chance of developing varicose veins, edema and vein disease. Help yourself to better health with a vein evaluation at Metro Vein Centers’ Houston location. Call the office at 888-424-3882 and schedule a visit today.