If you are like the many people our varicose vein treatment specialists in Honolulu meet in our vein practice, you probably think that varicose veins are something that only happens to “old people.” Unfortunately, if you believe that, you’d be 100% wrong.
It’s true that varicose veins affect primarily older people. Statistically, while only 5% of women under 23 have varicose veins, over 50% of women over 65 have them. But that’s not the whole story, because many people develop varicose veins in their teens, or in their early 20s.
What you need to know about varicose veins, and what causes them
Age IS a factor when assessing your risk of developing varicose veins, but a more important factor is heredity – whether members of your close family have had them. If one of your parents had varicose veins, you have a 60% chance of getting them if you’re female, and a 20% chance if you’re male. If both of your parents had varicose veins, you have a 90% chance of getting them.
Women have a higher varicose vein risk than men for hormonal reasons, and that risk increases after pregnancy, if they use birth control pills, or undergo hormone replacement therapy. Other factors that contribute to your varicose vein risk are being overweight, smoking cigarettes, and not getting enough exercise. So whatever your age, if you have a number of these risk factors in your life, you’re NOT too young to have varicose veins.
So how can you prevent varicose veins?
You obviously can’t change your gender, your age, or your genetic background. But, based on our many years’ experience as varicose vein treatment specialists in Honolulu and all the Hawaiian islands, we know that you can lower your overall vein disease risk by losing weight, by stopping smoking, and by getting more exercise. Even if you are at higher-than-normal risk because of your heredity, doctors from one of the best Maui vein treatment centers can help you prevent varicose veins by prescribing lifestyle changes and compression stockings to improve circulation.
Your first step, however, should be to find out what your level of varicose vein risk actually is. You can do this by calling and having a checkup. These screenings are fast, painless, and non-invasive, but they allow varicose vein treatment specialists in Honolulu to determine what needs to be done to keep you healthy. Call us today or go online for an appointment. You’ll be happy you did!