Vein specialists note that many men they treat have more severe vein problems than women because they’ve had them longer and tend to wait until their pain becomes unbearable--or worse--their veins start to bleed. Don’t be one of those guys!
When is the last time you went out for beers with the boys and talked about varicose veins? Maybe you should try it!
If you’re like most guys, you figure that varicose veins are a woman’s problem. Certainly nothing you have to worry about, right? Think again! Exact numbers are elusive, but it is estimated that between 15-50 percent of men will suffer from some form of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), including varicose veins, by the time they reach their 60s.
Men experience the same varicose vein and CVI symptoms as women: leg pain and swelling,
of the legs, general fatigue, and muscle cramps. Still, there is evidence that they are way less likely to seek medical treatment until their symptoms become unbearable. And—here’s the kicker—men are known to be at risk for more severe venous disease if they ignore the symptoms.
The fact is, everyone in this situation, man or woman, needs to consult with a qualified vein specialist to determine whether their vascular system is compromised, and what can be done to improve venous blood flow back to the heart before more serious, permanent damage is done.
Why Are Men at Risk for Varicose Veins?
The short answer to this question is: for many of the same reasons that women are. Family history, age, lifestyle and career factors, and previous leg traumas all play a role in the development of venous insufficiency.
Why Don't Men Seek Treatment for Varicose Veins?