Guys, this one’s for you. If you’re like most men I’ve talked to in the course of offering the best vein disease treatment in New Jersey, you probably think that varicose veins are 1) a “women’s disease” that doesn’t affect men, and 2) not a big deal if it does, because varicose veins are “just a cosmetic issue.” Right? Well, if you think this, you’d be WRONG on both counts.
Not only is it possible for men to get varicose veins, 45% of you will get them
That’s right – an estimated 45% of all men will develop varicose veins over the course of their lives. So the popular misconception of these swollen, discolored veins affecting “only women” is completely wrong. Not only that, men who do develop varicose veins will learn very quickly that they are a very real problem that is anything BUT “just cosmetic.” They can lead to chronically swollen legs and ankles and legs so tired and weak that you literally become disabled, and can no longer walk or stand for more than a few minutes.
With one exception, the risk factors for varicose veins are about the same for men and women
Women DO get varicose veins more often than men, but that is for hormonal reasons – pregnancy, childbirth, and drugs like birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy all increase their odds of developing vein disease. But most of the other vein disease risk factors are about the same. You’re more likely to get varicose veins if you’re over 50, and much more likely to get them if one or both of your parents had them. In addition, you have a higher risk of getting varicose veins if you’re overweight, don’t get enough regular exercise, and smoke cigarettes, and these risk factors are as prevalent among men as they are among women.
So men will continue to develop varicose veins, and at only slightly reduced rates as women. The big difference, however, is that women are more likely to actually receive treatment from a top vein doctor in Bergen County for their varicose veins than men are.
Why? Well one reason is fashion – except when they’re playing sports or at the beach, men tend to wear long pants, whereas women wear shorts and skirts that reveal their legs and make their varicose veins visible for everyone to see. Men can hide their condition more easily than women can. What they can’t hide are the side effects of varicose veins.
So what happens to men who hide their varicose veins and fail to treat them?
In three words, they get worse. Much worse. Varicose veins don’t just go away or “get better on their own.” Instead, they often become swollen, discolored, and have an increase risk for developing venous stasis ulcers. And sadly, this happens to men more often than it does women, because women are given more information about modern vein disease treatment than men are, and take advantage of that information to get the treatment they need.
So if you’re a guy and you’ve noticed a few varicose veins on your legs, DON’T “be a guy” and try to “tough it out.” That’s going to backfire on you. Instead, pick up your phone and call one of the best varicose vein removal experts in New Jersey at 201-693-4847 and arrange for a consultation. You’ll be happy you did.