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Do Men Suffer From Varicose Veins?

A study conducted in Britain revealed that varicose veins are not only a woman’s problem as over 50% of the male population suffers from this unsightly skin disorder at some point of their lives.  Gravity and heredity have been commonly blamed as its two contributing factors; however, scientists are now investigating the possible connection between sex hormones like estradiol and testosterone with this dermal disorder.

Researching on the link between hormones and varicose veins, dermatologists at the Universitaetsklinikum - Leipzig in 2009 used 21 men with the malady as their subjects. They started with the premise that women with high levels of estradiol in their blood and men suffering from Klinefelter syndrome are common victims of this malady.

The comparison between the hormonal level of the 21 male subjects with varicose veins and that of 13 men free of this complaint showed that varicose vein and testosterone are connected but estradiol has nothing to do at all. If the result is substantiated than supplements preventing the transformation of testosterone to estradiol may help prevent its occurrence. Supplements can be solutions to the condition as Damiana, fish oil, Gingko biloba, GLA, grapefruit extract, green tea, kelp, mangosteen and Vitamin K. They greatly help in the prevention of varicose veins.

The problem of varicose veins is not only a cosmetic concern but can be the cause of bleeding skin ulcers, discoloration and “heavy leg” sensation. Researchers from France discovered that some variation in the genes cause veins to be weaker and likely lead to this problem. When you are standing upright, your blood gathers at the vein walls and later no longer returns to its taut state.

 Dr. Lowell Kabnick, director of the New York University Vein Center, explained that weaker walls expand the veins; later they prevent blood to reflux and flow into the opposite direction. In this state, the individual develops bulging and gnarled-looking varicose veins which are swelling, throbbing and decreasing mobility.

.These precautions are strategies to prevent varicose veins:

1. Exercise keeps vein walls strong;

2. Reduce time for standing or sitting which favors blood to pool in your legs. Raise legs at least 15 minutes daily to remove pressure on veins;

3. Wear compression hose that pushes the blood from ankle and distributes it evenly. Use one with 10 to 30 mm of mercury; and

4. Maintain a healthy diet. Keep away from food high on salt especially frozen, and packaged foods since fluid retention is caused by salty food.

It is bad news to see bluish brown veins that are not only unsightly but painful. But the good news is that help is on the way. Say goodbye to varicose veins and consider them about to be extinct. Today, researches and studies are ongoing to prevent them from surfacing.

Doctors are using innovative method through lasers to remove and close shut varicose veins. This is a quick, noninvasive, outpatient surgery which has gained many adherers as it is pain-free. For mild conditions, health professionals might suggest sclerotherapy which is, chemical injection that kills the damaged vein.

Whichever condition, your varicose veins are, it can be removed allowing you to live free from these unsightly skin discoloration.

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