What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins that usually affect the legs because standing and walking increase the pressure in the veins of the lower body.
Blood from the legs should pump towards the heart, but if the valves weaken or are damaged, the blood can flow backward and collect in the vein, eventually causing it to be swollen.
Varicose veins are usually benign, but they can be painful and may point to an underlying issue.
Many different factors can influence varicose veins including:
A symptom like varicose veins may be a clue to look deeper into the body and understand what might be going on.
Elevated serum estradiol may play a role.
High serum levels of estradiol are associated with clinical evidence of varicose veins. One study showed estradiol values greater than 9.7 pg/mL have a significant excess risk of poor peripheral venous wall condition in menopause.
Both BMI and insulin were correlated with the presence of varicose veins in the data; serum estradiol levels correlated strongly and positively with BMI and also with insulin serum levels.
The estradiol to testosterone ratio may be important in understanding varicose veins.
“…About 21 symptomatic varicose men (VM [C ≥ 2] mean age of 40.3/+6.9 years) and 13 healthy men (HM [C ≤ 1] mean age of 38.1/+ 7.4 years) were analyzed. The serum E2:fT ratio (VM 2.83/+ 0.79 and HM 2.32/+0.63) was significantly different (P < .05) between the two groups…Our results demonstrate a changed serum E2:fT ratio among men with varicose veins compared to healthy men. By the fact of a small study sample, the interpretabillity of this result is limited.”
What to consider to be proactive about varicose veins?
-Consider working with Moment to balance hormones. Since estrogen is believed to contribute to varicose veins, it makes sense to test your hormones and provide support if needed. One study showed estradiol values greater than 9.7 pg/mL have a significant excess risk of poor peripheral venous wall condition in menopause.
Both BMI and insulin were correlated with the presence of varicose veins in the data; serum estradiol levels correlated strongly and positively with BMI and also with insulin serum levels. Topical hormones like progesterone applied directly to the skin are a common treatment.
-Reduce inflammation. Studies show blood withdrawn from the site of the varicose vein appears to have significantly increased concentration of interleukin-6, fibrinogen, and hemoglobin when compared to the same patient’s antecubital blood sample supporting the hypothesis that inflammation is increased in tissues drained by varicose vein. Understanding and addressing the inflammation is key to solving varicose veins.
-Eat we and copper-rich foods. According to the Center for Vein Restoration, “More than just a precious metal, copper is an essential nutrient that strengthens the skeletal system, stabilizes the immune system, and promotes circulation. A copper deficiency can make the veins less elastic, gradually weakening them and leaving them susceptible to swelling.”
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