DR. Randall Juleff, Respond to: “But I’m Too Young to Have Vein Problems

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 it affect primarily the older people. Statistically, while only 5% of women under 23 have this problem, over 50% of women over 65 have them. But that’s not the whole story, because many people develop them in their teens, or in early 20s.

Age IS a factor when assessing your risk of developing, but a more important factor is heredity – whether members of your close family have had them. If one of your parents had them, 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 them, you have a 90% chance of getting them.

Women have a higher 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 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 them.

So how can you prevent this?

You obviously can’t change your gender, age, or genetic background. But, based on our many years’ experience, we know that you can lower your overall vein disease risk by losing weight, stopping smoking, and getting more exercise. Even if you are at higher-than-normal risk because of your heredity, doctors from one of the best vein treatment centers can help you prevent by prescribing lifestyle changes and compression stockings to improve circulation.

Your first step, however, should be to know your level of risk. You can do this by calling and having a checkup with a vein specialist. These screenings are fast, painless, and non-invasive, and they prescribe what needs to be done to keep you healthy. Call us today or go online for an appointment. You’ll be happy you did!

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