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Does your sugar intake influence your vein health

Sugar For Varicose Veins

Christmas is around the corner. It is holiday season again and you might be tempted to indulge in sweets and sugar-coated snacks even more. You might be aware that having high intake of refined sugar is generally bad for your health. But do you know that it can be dangerous to your vein health. Read on to learn more.

What does excess sugar do to your overall health?

Consuming excessive amounts of sugar can lead to serious weight gain, a rise in blood sugar levels, and a possible inflammation in the veins. As veins get stressed continuously it can contribute to the development of varicose veins over time. 


Excess consumption of sugary foods can lead to obesity. Being overweight can cause poor circulation of blood, occasionally causing pooling in the veins. Pressure starts increasing in the veins causing the valves to weaken and stop working efficiently.


Excessive sugar intake increases your risk of diabetes. Uncontrolled diabetes can cause the sugar level in your blood to escalate. This condition, called hyperglycemia, may cause damage to the small blood vessels in your body. Excess sugar may stick to the small blood vessels and make it hard for blood to reach your organs.

Inflammation of veins

Excessive sugar intake can cause inflammation in the delicate blood vessels. Sugar may retain water in your blood which can further dilate the walls of the veins. As blood flows beyond the capacity of the veins, they may enlarge and turn varicose. 

Presuming chocolates and sweets as the major troublemakers? You probably should think again. Products like carbonated drinks have more than 10% sugar in them. Digestive biscuits, fruit juices, instant food items, fat free foods etc. contain artificial flavoring substances, have high sugar content and are certainly not healthy. These hidden sugars may always prevent you from meeting your health and weight loss goals.

Treatment alternatives

Being diabetic makes it even more significant to get proper treatment for your associated vein conditions. Researchers in recent years have shown that the patients with varicose veins have around 5% chance of deteriorating, every year. The deterioration starts with varicose veins, which leads to swollen ankles, ankle discoloration and finally venous leg ulcers.

Varicose veins treatment

Top treatment procedures include surgery as well as minimally invasive procedures like sclerotherapy and endovenous ablation techniques. 

At Avis vascular Centre, minimally invasive procedures are done with a success rate of over 95%. Avis center has also introduced the most recent development in varicose vein treatment which is the “glue” treatment. In this procedure, a special type of “superglue” is used which seals off the veins with damaged valves. The glue performs the same job of closing varicose veins like the endothermal ablation which seals off the veins by intense heat or by surgical “vein stripping” procedure.

A healthy diet and regular moderate exercise can help you combat vein diseases to a large extent. 

Being proactive is very important in diagnosing and treating varicose veins. Seek proper medical treatment whenever you notice symptoms in your legs or feet. 

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