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Why am I getting spider veins as I grow older?

I have been getting more and more blue lines on my legs. I never had them when I was younger. Then I got them on my shins and the back of my legs and now on my thighs. I am 57 and this has taken place over the past 10 years or so. I have tried to stay active and eat healthy but I am still getting them. Why am I getting these veins? Is this a sign of a more severe health problem?

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Actually, I have already answered this question in a video http://www.doctorqa.com/videos/why-do-people-get-spider-veins-as-they-age Please watch it and hopefully get the answer you are looking for.

One inherits vein disease; it can't be stopped. Although common spider veins do not signify more severe health problems, a phlebologist can determine what rules apply in a specific case.

Spider and varicose veins are very common and increase as we age. Roughly 80% of varicose veins are hereditary. If this is the case with you, then even a healthy lifestyle will not prevent their occurrence. Luckily they can be easily and safely treated in an office setting. Most importantly, see an experienced physician in a vein center.

Spider veins can occur in young, healthy people. I have treated any number 19- and 20-year-old women with spider veins over the outside of the thighs. They're not at all sick, and they just want to look better. They form in response to injury, inflammation, hormones and other factors. On the other hand, spider veins can represent the "tip of the iceberg", with large reticular veins or even varicose veins a little deeper under the skin. Your doctor can determine whether there are deeper veins that require repair.

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