Varicose Veins and Diabetes

Though there is no direct link between varicose veins and diabetes, many people suffer from both conditions simultaneously. Diabetes can cause a wide range of health problems, including skin conditions, as do varicose veins.

Being Overweight or Obese

50 percent of individuals over 50 years old have varicose veins and an estimated 30 million Americans have diabetes. Being overweight will increase a person’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. These individuals are also at a higher risk for other medical conditions that can impair healthy blood flow. This is because the more weight you are carrying, the more your legs have to support and your veins have a harder time fighting against gravity to do what they need to.

Skin Problems Associated With Varicose Veins

Varicose veins alone can produce a red itchy rash called stasis dermatitis, swelling, burning, pain, itching, long-term skin and fatty tissue scarring and ulcers. The poor circulation that accompanies diabetes causes wounds to heal more slowly and, therefore, some results could become detrimental.

Nerve Damage Due to Diabetes

Diabetes causes elevated blood sugars which, if prolonged, cause damage to small blood vessels, including those that supply the nerves. This can lead to nerve damage, also called neuropathy. Neuropathy causes tingling, pain and loss of feeling in the foot, resulting in increased risk of developing an injury without being aware of it. Any injury can cause loss of tissue at any time, producing an open wound or ulcer.

Get Your Veins Checked

It is even more important that you get varicose veins checked out if you have diabetes because early treatment can prevent further damage. Talk to your doctor if you notice a sore or rash on your leg or foot, or if you have varicose veins that become swollen, red, and very tender or warm to the touch.

To learn about the various safe treatments available for varicose veins in patients with diabetes by visiting one of our vein specialists today, contact Summit Skin & Vein Care at (816) 533-4398!

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