Why men should be concerned about varicose veins
Although it is common in women, men also need to be aware of their risks for varicose veins. In recent estimates 43% of all men are expected to develop some form of venous disease by the time they reach their 60s, with as high as 56% of men currently showing symptoms of varicose veins. Many men make the mistake of believing that varicose veins are only cosmetic, and ignoring the issue. But without seeking treatment, men place themselves at risk for developing much more serious conditions, including chronic venous insufficiency and superficial venous reflux disease.
To prevent varicose veins men can:
• Manage blood pressure and body weight
• Exercise regularly
• Strengthen calf muscles
• Elevate legs whenever possible
• Eat a diet low in salt and rich in high-fiber foods
• Don’t stand or sit for long periods of time. If you must stand for a long time, shift your weight from one leg to the other every few minutes. If you must sit for long periods of time, stand up and move around or take a short walk every 30 minutes.
The length of your recovery depends entirely on the type of treatment you receive. But, the short answer is generally “not long.” These techniques are designed to close varicose and spider veins with the barest minimum of incision, which means little scarring or discomfort and immediate return to activities. But each individual case is unique, and the first step is diagnosis.