Can Men Get Spider Veins?

Man with spider veins

Lifestyle, genetics and hormones play a significant role in how the body changes and ages. Some of these factors lead to very serious health risks, while others simply create cosmetic markers to show the body has fallen victim to life and lifestyle. Spider veins are a classic example of this. They are a common problem for much of the population. They are prolific due to the many causes that can affect anyone, regardless of age or gender.

Spider veins have long been thought of as a woman’s problem. However, about 15% of men also struggle with these unsightly, sometimes harmless, broken blood vessels. More women have these cosmetic problems because of the impact of pregnancy and hormonal changes. The reasons men see these broken blood vessels are due to the factors that affect the veins themselves, regardless of gender.

These broken veins are caused by genetics, weight gain, pregnancy, hormonal shifts, and lifestyle choices that lead to prolonged sitting or standing. All of these factors place undue stress on the veins, weakening their walls and the valves that keep blood flowing in one direction. When these do not have the strength to maintain proper blood flow, some blood is allowed to flow backward, pooling, becoming trapped and permanently visible. Factors such as pregnancy and heredity are unavoidable. However, jobs that require sitting or standing for long periods of time, unhealthy weight gain and a lack of exercise that weaken circulation can be corrected. An increase in mobility, at any level, the use of compression hose, and weight management are necessary changes to make in order to limit spider veins.

Most people with broken blood vessels are not aware they have a circulation issue until the unattractive broken veins begin popping up. Lifestyle changes can go a long way in decreasing future marks, but existing ones are permanent. Although they are not a health risk, these veins are cosmetic nuisance for all who suffers from them. Fortunately, there are medical procedures that can erase them, giving the patient a chance to start over with a new focus on their circulatory health.