Height-Varicose vein correlation - and treatment


It's unusual to hear a tall person moan about having the height of a model. At the grocery store, you can also easily reach the highest shelf. However, according to new research, tall persons have a higher risk of developing varicose veins.

Varicose veins, commonly known as spider veins, are "swollen, twisted veins" that may be seen beneath the skin of the legs. Although the illness is widely thought to be innocuous, past research has discovered an important link between it and major cardiovascular issues such as blood clotting and deep vein thrombosis.

Further research studies reveal that tall people are more prone to develop varicose veins, characterized by bulging, twisted veins visible just under the surface of the skin, generally in the legs.

Height-Varicose vein correlation

Researchers from Stanford University in California, led by Dr Leeper, examined the genetic data of 493,519 persons enrolled in the UK Biobank database using machine learning and statistical approaches. The researchers also conducted a genome-wide association investigation on 337,536 of these people, with 9,577 of them developing varicose veins.

Dr Leeper and his colleagues discovered that while greater height contributes to the development of varicose veins, genes that control height are also involved in their development. Age, sex, weight, and lifestyle choices such as smoking and sedentary behaviour were all risk factors for varicose vein disease in the study. The study also discovered 30 genes associated with varicose veins and a strong hereditary relationship to deep vein thrombosis.

What can be done?

Varicose veins aren't merely a dermatological issue. They can be uncomfortable, and if left untreated, they can result in ulcers and blood clots. Excess strain on your veins from being overweight, genetics, lack of blood circulation for a long time, weakening veins as you age, and pregnancy causing a decrease in blood flow to your legs are some causes of swelling, enlarged purple or blue veins that form on the legs and feet.

Fortunately, there are easy techniques for all tall people to prevent varicose veins and, like most cases, to alleviate the symptoms if they do occur. Because circulation plays such a vital part in the illness, it's critical to move around, often exercise, and avoid sitting for long periods.

Eating a low-salt diet, wearing high heels only on special occasions, and elevating your legs can all assist. Varicose veins can be avoided by wearing casual support socks. Compression stockings, sclerotherapy, or laser treatment are all options for treating varicose veins.