Approximately 40 Million adults in the USA are affected with severe superficial venous insufficiency, and many of these patients may have edema or swelling based on increased venous pressure in the legs. Heredity has been firmly established as the primary cause of venous insufficiency although there are a number of other factors which contribute to worsening of the signs and severity of venous insufficiency.
Pregnancy, obesity and overweight, sedentary occupations, advanced age, and any other conditions which increase intra-abdominal pressure. Many patients have been told that their swollen painful legs are related directly to their obesity and that weight loss alone will remedy their problem. Unfortunately the symptoms of painful legs related to severe swelling often prevents these patients from performing the very exercises prescribed to lose the weight which is purported to be the root cause of their pain.
The cycle becomes an impossible one for the overweight patient to break out of. The figure below reviews the increase in the prevalence of overweight and obesity in the general adult population. As is quite evident the prevalence of overweight and obesity is on the rise and as this trend continues it is expected that a greater percentage of patients with familial venous insufficiency and varicose veins will likely present with more advanced signs and symptoms of the disease.
One in five adult Americans has significant superficial venous insufficiency and in women over the age of 50 one in three are affected. When the prevalence of insufficiency in these populations are crossed with obesity and overweight statistics, it becomes clear that there are many overweight and obese adults with severe venous insufficiency, many of whom have been told their leg symptoms are primarily a weight induced problem and have likely given up on any hope of remedy of their leg discomfort and leg vein problems.
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