Weight that is higher than what is considered a healthy weight for a given height is considered overweight or obese. One recent study indicated that around forty percent of adults aged twenty and older in the United States are obese. Further, some suggest that around seventy-five percent of the American population will likely be overweight or obese in the very near future.
According to WHO (World Health Organization), being overweight or obese can have a serious impact on health. Carrying extra fat leads to serious health consequences such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders like osteoarthritis, and some cancers. They add, “What is not widely known is that the risk of health problems starts when someone is only very slightly overweight, and that the likelihood of problems increases as someone becomes more and more overweight”.
Being overweight or obese is also a major contributor to chronic venous insufficiency and the development of varicose veins, and those who are overweight also typically suffer from more severe symptoms. The extra weight places more stress on veins and the greater pressure weakens the valves within the veins. These damaged valves allow blood to flow backward and pool in the veins.
Fortunately, overweight patients with varicose veins can make a major impact on their vein health and reduce the risks for many other health complications by losing weight. It is possible to help prevent further inflammation, and slow the progression of other varicose veins. While losing weight won’t eliminate varicose veins that already exist, it can make them much more manageable and may prevent the formation of new ones.
However, physical activity may be an important component of weight management and it may be difficult to feel like exercising with the leg pain, swelling and fatigue of varicose veins. Therefore, if you have varicose veins or spider veins, it’s important to have an evaluation and discuss available vein disease treatments with a specialist vein doctor. A specialist vein doctor can help you determine the appropriate options for your vein disease treatment.
Two highly effective modern therapies, sclerotherapy for varicose veins and endovenous laser ablation can provide treatment with minimal discomfort and most people can resume their daily activities immediately after treatment. Additionally, most major health insurance carriers provide coverage for the treatment of vein disease when medically necessary.
If you would like more information regarding vein disease treatments, please contact the Goldman Vein Institute today at one of our two convenient locations:
Jupiter 561-625-9853 or Wellington 561-790-4550 or visit us at www.goldmanveininstitute.com.
At the Goldman Vein Institute, our mission is to provide our patients with comprehensive care for varicose veins, spider veins, and other conditions caused by venous insufficiency. Our highly-qualified and experienced, board-certified vein specialists, Dr. Goldman and Dr. Varghese-Goldman, combine their extensive knowledge and experience, with the latest innovations in vein treatments.
With our offices in Jupiter and Wellington Florida, the Goldman Vein Institute serves patients from Stuart, Hobe Sound, Tequesta, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, North Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, Hialeah, Sunny Isles, Bay Harbor, Bal Harbour, Miami Beach, Aventura, Surfside, Hallandale, and Hollywood, and we welcome patients across South Florida to visit our state-of-the-art vein centers, where we provide the latest in vein treatment technology.