How Young Adults Can Get Varicose Veins

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Chances are good you’ve heard that varicose veins only happen to old people. While the chances are certainly greater that you’ll suffer from varicose veins as you age due to more wear and tear on your body, that does not mean that young people are immune to vein issues. In fact, there are a number of ways that young adults can find themselves dealing first-hand with varicose veins, and we are here to share them with you.

Ways Varicose Veins Show Up In Young Adults


Though varicose veins are more likely for pregnant women in their 30s, and for women who have had multiple pregnancies, they are also likely to pop up in young mothers as well. What about pregnancy leads to varicose veins? A few things.

First of all, weight gain can put extra pressure on your veins, which leads to varicose veins. In addition to that, pregnant women have a huge influx of blood volume in order to support their growing baby, so that added pressure means an increase in the likelihood of varicose veins. And, thirdly, hormone changes are a big culprit for varicose veins.

Hormones change drastically during pregnancy, especially in the first few months, causing the flow of blood to slow down. This irregular blood flood leads to varicose veins and a whole other slew of potential vein problems.


Obesity is a major problem in the United States for adults and young adults alike. Obesity leads to countless health issues, amongst them:

  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High LDL cholesterol
  • Stroke
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Sleep apnea
  • Stroke
  • Cancers
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Mental illness such as depression and anxiety
  • Body pain
  • And much more

Also on that list is varicose veins. People who are obese put far more weight and pressure on their veins than a healthy person and their veins suffer as a result. On top of that, obese people are not able to see swollen veins as easily as someone who is of a healthy weight, due to the fact that they have extra fat on their bodies. That fat acts as a cover-up of the vein problems, which can be really bad news.

This means that an obese person could have varicose veins and even more severe vein problems without even knowing it — or at least not knowing it until things get really bad.

Bad Clothing Choices

You’ll likely be surprised to hear this, but what you wear can have an effect on your veins. If you’re running around in high heels and tight pants most of the time, you may find yourself suffering from varicose veins early on. Wearing uncomfortable clothing can cause circulation problems which can lead to not only varicose veins but also spider veins.

Sedentary Lifestyle

Not just a problem for young adults, a sedentary lifestyle is one of the leading causes of varicose veins in people of all ages. Sitting or standing for long periods of time has been shown to have an incredibly negative effect on your vein health. And, the younger generation spends a great deal of time on their computers, meaning they are not moving as much as they should be.

If you can’t do anything about your job and you’re stuck either standing or sitting for long periods of time, make it a priority to get up and move around as much as possible. This will help immensely in getting your blood flowing again.


Unfortunately, this is something you can’t do anything about, but if varicose veins run in your family, chances are good you’ll be dealing with them too, and not necessarily just when you get older. Varicose veins, when hereditary, can pop up at any time, and there isn’t much you can do to stop them.

However, if you work to live a healthy life, you can keep your varicose veins at bay and not make the problems worse. If you are a young adult dealing with any of the above issues or know a young adult who is, then the time is now to get to a vein specialist and get the vein issues handled before they get too out of hand.

Vein Clinics of America is the nation’s most trusted vein clinic, and our vein specialists will help you to get your vein health back on track so you can enjoy your young adult life. Schedule your free consultation, today.

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Medically Reviewed by

Dr. Satish Vayuvegula
Dr. Satish Vayuvegula is the National Medical Director at Vein Clinics of America. Certified by the American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine, Dr. Satish Vayuvegula is recognized as a physician who has met rigorous standards of knowledge and extensive training in phlebology, the diagnosis and treatment of varicose vein disease and related disorders. Dr. Satish also shares his passion and expertise by serving as a board member of the American Vein and Lymphatic Society, the predominant national organization for venous and lymphatic disease.

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