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Are Vein Conditions More Common in Men?


Common Vein Issues in Men

For men, being mindful of health conditions they may be preconditioned or are at risk for is essential. Keep reading to learn the vein conditions men may experience as they age, and how our team at Albert Vein Institute can help:

Do Men Have More Issues Than Women?

Both males and females produce the hormone known as progesterone, a leading cause of spider and varicose veins. Women do produce more than men, and are more likely to develop varicose veins during hormonal spikes such as those that occur during pregnancy. However, men are still at risk for developing varicose veins and other vein-related diseases.

Knowing Your Risk Factors

Additionally, it’s important for men to be mindful of their vein health due to risks of cardiac conditions later in life. In general, some conditions that may make a man more susceptible to venous issues include:

  • Older age.
  • Family history.
  • Significant weight gain or obesity.
  • Sedentary or inactive lifestyle.
  • Jobs that require prolonged periods of standing or sitting.

While men should look out for these risk factors, it’s essential to know the specific conditions they could be at risk for:

Varicose Veins and Venous Insufficiency

Varicose veins affect around 45 percent of all men, while venous insufficiency affects around 40 percent of all people aged 50 and over. Though the bulging veins that form with both conditions may appear visually unappealing, they can also lead to further health issues in men. Varicose veins could lead to skin ulcers, abnormal leg sensations, deep vein thrombosis, and could especially be a sign of a cardiovascular issue.

While varicose veins affect the superficial veins, venous insufficiency affects both the superficial and deep leg veins. Varicose veins typically form due to weakened or damaged valves in the veins, which often form after long periods of standing or sitting. Men with active jobs such as factory workers or inactive jobs such as office workers are more likely to develop varicose and spider veins.

Colorado Vein Health for Men

As you age, it’s vital to stay on top of all areas of your health, including the health of your veins. If you have a family history of venous insufficiency or another condition, or fall into any of the risk factor categories above, you should see a vein specialist.

For proper diagnosis and treatment, please contact Dr. Albert at Albert Vein Institute for a consultation. Call (303) 857-5111 or contact us online today.