Although varicose veins are largely viewed as a cosmetic issue, the truth is, they can link to other, more serious health issues. One of the more serious conditions which is linked to venous disease is diabetes.
Here, we’ll look at the link between diabetes and varicose veins and what to do if you suspect you do have venous disease.
How are diabetes and varicose veins linked?
Diabetes can really affect the circulation within the legs and feet. As glucose levels increase, it can cause numbness within the limbs. Then, as diabetes progresses, the blood flow within the arteries of the feet and legs can start to reduce, eventually causing damage to the nerves.
With varicose veins, the condition also impacts the circulation within the legs and feet. So, if you have diabetes, it’s going to put additional pressure onto the veins, worsening the symptoms of venous disease. If you do have diabetes as well as venous disease, it also increases your risk of suffering from the complications linked to both conditions.
Which patients are most at risk?
It’s entirely possible for patients to suffer from both diabetes and varicose veins. While the risk of developing both conditions simultaneously is largely associated with older, overweight patients, there are a few other risk factors you should be aware of.
A family history of the condition, pregnancy, obesity and age are all possible risk factors to be aware of.
What to do if you suspect you have venous disease
If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes and you’re worried you may also be developing varicose veins, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Delaying treatment increases the risk of complications. It’s also known that delaying treatment could mean if complications do arise, they will be much more severe.
There are lots of varicose vein treatments available these days, with many of them offering a non-invasive procedure. You can find out your treatment options when you book a consultation with a specialist. You’ll also need to make sure you seek treatment to get your diabetes under control too. If you’re concerned about varicose veins, book a consultation with the Cornwall Vein Clinic today.