Any improvement noted with vein health?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 17, 2012 at 1:33 PM

I have a congenital venous insufficiency disorder called Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome. It consists of a port wine stain birthmark in addition to vascular malformations, including pretty bad varicose veins.

My question is this: Has anyone had any improvement or changes with varicose veins while eating Paleo?

I know these are not genetic, nor are they from the stress of being on my legs too much. They are veins that have been prominent since before I was a teenager, although one has gotten slightly worse with age. I do wear either thigh high or pantyhose style compression stockings, daily, which I have found help with the pain. I was just curious if anyone had found any improvements with changed eating habits...

And yes, I saw the posts here and here (I'm not as concerned with the spider veins), but I didn't find them to have much of an answer.



on August 18, 2012
at 09:05 PM

I've had ablation procedures done in both legs pre-paleo. From what I understand, nothing will change them once they've blown out. If you have a lot of pain...which I did...the procedures resulted in a great improvement. Insurance does cover this. However....if you get pregnant it's going to cause more to surface. And the compression stockings...did you get them at the drugstore or from a doctor? The ones I got from the doctor were WAAAAAAAYYYYY better.

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on April 17, 2012
at 01:39 PM

I have a varicosity in the one of my upper thighs that leads to the characteristic sqiuggly veins in my calf, but have not noticed an improvement in them since going paleo. As I understand it once the valves have been compromised (or in your case, fail to form properly) there isn't much you can do other than remove them surgically or use compression stockings to help blood flow.

Robb wolf has some info in one of his podcasts here: http://robbwolf.com/2012/01/24/the-paleo-solution-episode-116/. He basically concludes there's not much to do, but recommends perhaps trying quercitin IIRC.



on August 04, 2012
at 08:41 AM

The Calcium Paradox recommends supplementing vitamin K2 in the long term, and trying horse chestnut extract in the short term. I can't personally report on either yet. As far as the paleo connection, it could increase your K2 intake (depending on how you eat) and most likely does reduce the dietary antagonists to vein health, like sugar. Behaviourally you might be moving more or bathing in cold water which would also - theoretically - help. Let us know!



on July 24, 2012
at 06:28 PM

I have not noticed any improvements in my varicose veins after a year of fairly strict paleo. Rutin supplements have not made a difference either.

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