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The Top 6 Risk Factors for Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Last updated: November 11, 2019

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Our veins serve a very important purpose in our bodies. They are what returns blood from our legs and the rest of our body back to the heart. Sounds pretty important, right?

Well, it is.

And that means if your veins are damaged or weak, problems may lie ahead.

Those problems are better categorized as venous insufficiency. At first, you may not see many side effects of your malfunctioning veins, However, your veins can an worsen over time and you may find yourself suffering some serious problems if you put off getting your vein health back on track.

So how do you know if you’re at risk of venous insufficiency? There are a few things that increase your chances of having these vein problems, so let’s get into them.


Things Putting You at Risk for Venous Insufficiency

1. Age.

Specifically, over the age of 50. Unfortunately, it is just part of aging that your veins will weaken over time. Think about it — they have been used more than, say, a 20 year-old’s veins, so they don’t have the strength that the veins of someone younger does.

Thus, the older you are, the more at risk you are of developing venous insufficiency due to the weakening of your veins and the increased struggle for your veins to return blood back up to your heart.


2. Hormones.

Changes in hormones are another major risk factor for venous insufficiency. And the most common time to see these shifts in hormones is during pregnancy.

Unfortunately, with each pregnancy your chances of having vein issues increases. There is a great deal more pressure put on your veins when you are pregnant, so chances are higher that you may find yourself suffering from weakened or damaged veins.


3. Obesity.

Obesity puts people at risk of developing a number of health problems. Heart issues steal the spotlight and most people do not think about the fact that obesity can wreak havoc on your veins, too.

The amount of weight and pressure that your veins fall victim to when you’re obese makes it difficult for them to function normally. Your veins are not able to return the blood through your body , back to your heart, as they normally do, which leaves that blood to pool in your legsand other places as well.


4. Genetics.

Unfortunately you can’t fight your genes. Some people can have a genetic predisposition to develop vein issues, and there is just no way around it.

You can help make your venous insufficiency issues less severe if you know ahead of time that you are at a higher risk for problems, and do your best to step up your health in other areas of your life.


5. Sedentary life.

One of the biggest risk factors for chronic venous insufficiency is lack of body movement. Sitting or standing too much is horrific for your all-around health, but for your veins in particular. The longer you stay in one place (whether that’s standing or sitting), the harder it is for your body to properly pump your blood.

Because your veins are fighting against gravity to pump blood back up to your heart, it’s important you help out a bit and get moving so that your veins don’t have to work at their maximum all the time.

Another reason a sedentary life is risky when it comes to your vein health is because the more sedentary you are, the more likely you are to suffer from weight gain. And, as mentioned above, that weight gain is not going to be good for your veins.


6. Smoking.

Like a number of the things mentioned above, smoking does damage to your health in a number of ways including something most people don’t think about — yep, you guessed it: your veins. Smoking leads to the weakening of your veins walls, which means you are at a higher risk of venous insufficiency.

You have to keep those lungs and those vein walls strong!

By putting forth effort to control what you can of the above 6 things that are the leading causes of venous insufficiency, you will be on the path to healthier veins. And, for those things that you cannot control, be aware of your risk factors and be sure to put in place best practices for health wherever possible to lower to your chances of suffering from problem veins.


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