Taller People Are Reportedly At Higher Risks Of Developing Varicose Veins


It looks like size does matter. Tall people are not always privileged, as some might think. Latest U.S. research has found that taller people are exposed to higher risks of developing varicose veins.

Varicose veins are swollen and twisted veins that can be seen under the skin’s surface and they are usually located in the legs. The condition can trigger serious side effects.

The new study was led by Stanford University School of Medicine, and it analyzed the genes of 493,519 people that have been gathered from U.K. Biobank.

This was a long-term study which looked at conditions such as cardiovascular disease in U.K. residents, and it included genomic data on approximately 500k people.

New risk factors have been identified

The findings have been published in the journal called Circulation, and they have confirmed that current known risk-factors include the following: being older, female, overweight or pregnant, or having a history of deep vein thrombosis.

More than that, the study also identified surgery on the legs, lack of movement, family history of varicose veins, smoking and hormone therapy as brand new risk factors.

The team was extremely surprised to also find a correlation between varicose veins and height and taller people seemed to be exposed to higher risks of developing varicose veins.

The researchers then conducted further tests to see if height was an actual cause for the disease.

Genes might provide clues for treating varicose veins 

“Our results strongly suggest height is a cause, not just a correlated factor, but an underlying mechanism leading to varicose veins,” said Erik Ingelsson, co-lead author of the study.

“Genes that predict a person’s height may be at the root of this link between height and varicose veins and may provide clues for treating the condition,” said another one of the study’s lead authors, Nicholas Leeper, MD.

It’s also important to note that the study identified 30 genes that were linked to varicose veins and even a strong genetic correlation with deep vein thrombosis.


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