Varicose Veins “Popping up” in Younger Americans

young adults with varicose veinsYounger adults in the U.S. are searching for options to deal with varicose veins…REALLY?


Health and Google statistics are starting to show that younger and younger people are seeking treatment for conditions such as varicose veins, chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), and other health conditions usually associated with older adults. Health officials are attributing this shifting reality to a profound change in attitudes toward posture and physical activity levels. That is to say, people aged 26-45 just aren’t moving the way that previous generations did. Instead, they rely more on their vehicles, and are spending more time slouched in chairs, heads bent over devices.

But Does Exercise Help Varicose Veins?

The short answer to this question is yes, and there are a number of reasons for this.

  • Exercise helps to prevent obesity, a key indicator for, and contributor to, varicose veins and CVI.
  • Exercise brings oxygen- and nutrient-rich blood to the all the tissues, and this helps to keep veins healthy and strong.
  • Exercise keeps the muscles in your legs moving and pumping blood back toward the heart. This takes strain off your ticker, and off of the valves in your veins that are designed to keep blood from flowing backward between heartbeats.

Having said that, if you already have varicose veins, it is not likely that exercise will reverse it– but it can help to slow its progression (yes, varicose veins are a progressive condition). If you are looking for help with the appearance and discomfort of varicose veins, or if you are concerned that you might be suffering the effects of CVI, seriously consider a consultation with a qualified vein specialist as soon as possible.


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Youth at Risk for Varicose Veins in Arizona, too

Statistics coming out of Arizona indicate that things are not that different here. Obesity and inactivity rates among all age groups remain on par with national (and international) averages. A survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control in 2010 shows that:

  • Nineteen per cent of Arizona adults reported that they had not participated in any physical activity in the month prior to the survey.
  • Almost 65 per cent of adults in Arizona are overweight, with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or more. Over 24 per cent of adults can be considered obese (BMI of 30 or more).

The numbers for young people in Arizona seem to show that this trend will continue.

  • Close to 16 per cent of adolescents (under the age of 18) reported that they had not participated in at least 60 minutes of physical activity in any of the seven days prior to the survey. A full third reported watching three or more hours of television every school day.
  • Almost 15 per cent of Arizona adolescents (under 18) are overweight; an additional 13.1 per cent can be considered obese.

You don’t have to be a statistic. Consider making an appointment with a qualified vein specialist today who can provide you with a  detailed exam and duplex ultrasonograph. Using this information, your vein specialist can create a treatment plan that will improve your vascular health and the appearance of your legs. This means a big boost in your quality of life.

And, in the meantime, get up. Get moving. Health is yours to take back!



About Jilanne Rose, DNP ANP-BC

Jilanne is Phoenix Metros only Doctorate Nurse Practitioner that has been trained extensively by a Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgeon, an Interventional Radiologist, and an Interventional Cardiologist. Dr. Rose is highly regarded by patients and physicians who seek her out because of her expertise in vein disease, her commitment to compassionate care, and her excellent success rates. As a peripheral vascular specialist that has performed well over 10,000 vascular interventions, Dr. Rose is dedicated to helping patients achieve a pain free, healthy and happy life.