What Causes Varicose Veins?

There are many causes of varicose veins and not too many people know what they are. Some ‘old-wives tales’ say that they come from stress while others say that they are hereditary. A little later, we’ll get into the specific cause of the breakdown in blood vessels, in other words, the inner workings of the mechanics from within the vessels themselves. For now, let’s discuss what leads up to this breakdown.

According to recent research, genetics plays a heavy role in determining if you are going to develop spider veins or not. Although genetics doesn’t decide one way or another, it plays a role when other aspects are present as well.

Another thing that helps to decide if you will ever will develop varicose veins is your overall health. People who exercise frequently have better cardiovascular systems, overall. Therefore, they have healthier veins and lungs. This leads to prolonged vein health into your later years.

One last thing to look at, according to research, is your diet. If a person’s diet is high in saturated fats, then the chances that they will have health issues of any kind down the road, including spider and varicose veins.


As for the specific varicose veins causes and the mechanics involved, you have to think about the blood vessels as a mode of transportation for the blood within your body. Each one of your veins has several valves up and down it that regulate the flow of blood within that specific part of the body. Since spider veins typically occur in the legs, you have to understand that people with poor circulation can oftentimes have the same symptoms of people that have varicose veins. Swelling, minor skin irritation, and dull skin can all be symptoms of both spider veins and circulatory diseases. It’s best to consult a physician instead of diagnosing it yourself.

As you age, the blood vessels in your body tend to get run down over time. The valves that regulate the flow of blood tend to break down and are no longer efficient at keeping the blood from running back down from where it came. This creates a lot of pressure and swelling. If you don't look for a natural treatment for varicose veins, they can become twisted and permanently swollen and the veins themselves become varicose, or in affect, dead.

Thank you for reading about the many causes of varicose veins and spider veins. While scientists haven’t narrowed down one specific thing that will cause this blood vessel disorder, it’s best to understand this disorder in its entirety in order to prevent them.