Do Varicose Veins Go Away If You Lose Weight?

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Do Varicose Veins Go Away If You Lose Weight?

Someone who is overweight is more prone to vein disease because the extra weight puts additional pressure on the veins. Over time this can cause the vein valves to weaken. If the vein valves cannot work properly, blood will have no where to go. Additionally, this will cause the veins to swell and appear visible through the skin.

With this in mind, it’s understandable to assume that losing weight will make your varicose veins go away. However, while losing weight can provide benefits to your veins and overall health, it cannot directly heal weakened or malfunctioning valves in your veins.

The only way to treat varicose veins is to target the source of the problem. Non-surgical treatments, like Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT), Varithena vein treatment, and Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy, target the cause of varicose veins by closing the malfunctioning vein. By closing the malfunctioning vein, the blood reroutes to your other healthy veins and the treated vein will be absorbed by your body. Preventing blood from flowing to the malfunctioning vein will reduce the signs and symptoms of varicose veins.

Don’t Get Discouraged

If losing weight won’t heal your varicose veins, you’re probably wondering why you should try to lose weight at all. Losing weight doesn’t always have to be the goal of exercising. Participating in activities that help reduce body weight are also very beneficial to your circulation and the health of your veins.

Additionally, eating foods high in fiber will ease your bowel movements. Believe it or not, constipation can put immense strain on already weakened vein valves. Making sure you are having healthy bowel movements will help to minimize varicose vein symptoms.

Is There a Way to Prevent Varicose Veins?

There is not a cure-all solution to preventing varicose veins. This is why its important to maintain healthy habits to ensure your circulation is working properly. Click here to learn about the most common risk factors for developing vein disease.

Where to Find Treatment

As the nation’s largest network of varicose vein treatment facilities, we are committed to vein disease treatment. You can find our clinics at locations across the country. Our  team of vascular specialists and physicians have experience in treating all forms of vein disease without the use of surgery.

Contact us at 888.768.3467 to learn more about which treatment is right for you, or click the button below to schedule your consultation online.

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