Women and older people between 30 and 70 years of age are more likely than others to develop varicose veins. Factors like genetics, weight and having a job that requires you to stand for long periods can also put you at higher risk.
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Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
Piedmont Heart Institute answered
Many factors increase a person's chances of developing varicose or spider veins. These include:Increasing Age Having family members with vein problems or being born with weak vein valves
Hormonal changes. These occur during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. Taking birth control pills and other medicines containing estrogen and progesterone also increase the risk of varicose or spider veins
Pregnancy. During pregnancy there is a huge increase in the amount of blood in the body. This can cause veins to enlarge. The expanding uterus also puts pressure on the veins. Varicose veins usually improve within 3 months after delivery. A growing number of abnormal veins usually appear with each additional pregnancy
Obesity, leg injury, prolonged standing and other things that weaken vein valves
Sun exposure, which can cause spider veins on the cheeks or nose of a fair-skinned person
This answer is based on source information from The National Women's Health Information Center.
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital answered
Varicose veins occur more frequently in women than in men. People who are overweight, who spend much of their day standing, and women who are pregnant are more likely to develop varicose veins. Age and heredity are also risk factors for developing varicose veins.