Manhattan Vein Specialists Respond To, "But I'm Too Young To Have Varicose Veins!"
Posted: Oct 06, 2015
If you're like most people, you probably think that veins only happen to older people. BUT, if you're like most people, you'd be wrong in thinking that.
Yes, most cases of veins happen among older people (while only 1 in 20 women under 24 have varicose veins, over half of women over 65 have them), but many people develop veins in their teens or their early 20s.
What people of all ages need to know about what causes varicose veins
Your age IS an important factor to consider when assessing your vein disease risk, but it's not the most important factor. That would probably be genetics – if both of your parents had veins, you have a 90% chance of developing them yourself; if only 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.
Being overweight greatly increases your risk of developing veins, as do risky behaviors such as smoking cigarettes and not getting enough exercise. Women have a higher risk than men for hormonal reasons, a risk that increases after pregnancy and if they use birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy. Even wearing high heels and too-tight clothing can increase vein risk.
So you're NOT too young to have varicose veins
Almost no one over the age of 10 is. So what do you DO about this? What can you do to protect yourself, and try to prevent the development of varicose veins?
Well, you can't change your age or your genetics, but you can lower your overall risk by losing weight, getting more exercise, and stopping smoking. Even if you're at extremely high risk because of your heredity, your Manhattan vein treatment specialists at our center for vein treatment in NYC can help you prevent veins by prescribing compression stockings and some minor lifestyle changes, like sitting or standing less and walking more.
The most important first step, however, is to find out exactly what your level of varicose vein risk actually IS. Fortunately, all it takes to find out is a phone call to 646-233-1838 to arrange for a venous health screening with one of our Manhattan vein specialists. These checkups take only about an hour, and are completely painless and non-invasive, but they allow your NYCVA doctors to determine whether you have vein disease already (even if you can't see symptoms yet), and how to prevent it if you don't. So whatever your age, call today. You'll be happy you did.
Author Bio: Noted Manhattan vein specialists respond to a complaint they hear often from patients: "I'm too young to have varicose veins."For more information: www.nycva.org
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