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PCOS and spider veins?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 18, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Hi,

My girlfriend has PCOS and although she has always had a little bit of spider veins on her thighs (since she was a teenager or so), she now started having new ones on her derriere. Could it be related to PCOS? Insulin resistance? Does any know how to get rid of them? As you can imagine, this is very hard for her already poor body image.

She is 28 yo and is 100% low-carb Paleo for 1.5 years. She is a bit heavier that she would like, but she is in the upper range of the healthy BMI (5'8", 160ish lbs). SHe carries most of her extra weight on her hips and thighs (pear shape).

Any input would be greatly appreciated. thanks!

Ddfdaa75ac9f47e01fc71162dd0d38dc

on June 19, 2012
at 02:59 PM

Really the main cause of spider veins are changes in hormones, particularly progesterone. Has her hormone balance changed recently?

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on June 19, 2012
at 09:46 AM

By the way I went online, it seems your girlfriend isn't the only one with PCOS who have spider veins. Eat a lot of unsalted butter! (:

8e10b687e328468783a72c55b64710e8

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on June 19, 2012
at 09:41 AM

John, it's possible that she had it in her teens because of the SAD food diet. I don't think it's appropriate to have spider veins at 30. My grandmother had none, my mother had spider veins and had surgery in her late 40's, but a lot of young women these days have spider veins. I don't think it's an age thing more than an inappropriate diet thing. Your girlfriend only did paleo for 1.5 years.

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on June 19, 2012
at 07:56 AM

she eats grass-fed butter and take fermented cod liver oil daily. will look into the vinegar thing.

B9a9a6a8da79518c72ceb46dcd34fc27

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on June 19, 2012
at 07:55 AM

How come she started having some in her teens then???

B9a9a6a8da79518c72ceb46dcd34fc27

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on June 19, 2012
at 07:55 AM

I have been with her for 12 years and won't dump her because of stupid spider veins! I am only concerned because I wonder if it has something to do with insulin resistance and her PCOS (as we may be willing to have children in a few years). Moreover, I don't like seeing her feel bad about herself because of these "defects". I know it affects her deeply.

8e10b687e328468783a72c55b64710e8

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on June 19, 2012
at 06:41 AM

Spider veins are a legitimate health problem that can lead to serious pain. It's not like he's asking her to get cosmetic surgery.

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on June 19, 2012
at 01:45 AM

That's awfully presumptuous of you Jay. If he was only concerned about her looks and not her health, why would he be asking if spider veins are indicative insulin resistance?

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on June 18, 2012
at 06:12 PM

My guess is that your question is not motivated by your concern for her health but rather for your concern for her physicality, which is sort of fucked up... If you're not attracted to her, somebody else will be. Don't try to fix people.

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8e10b687e328468783a72c55b64710e8

on June 19, 2012
at 06:43 AM

I heard dabbing vinegar helps. Not sure if it's true though. Butter with their K2 content may help. Overall, butter is good anyway.

Food for thought: http://paleohacks.com/questions/24900/supplements-coq10-vitamin-k2-are-they-needed

B9a9a6a8da79518c72ceb46dcd34fc27

(15)

on June 19, 2012
at 07:56 AM

she eats grass-fed butter and take fermented cod liver oil daily. will look into the vinegar thing.

8e10b687e328468783a72c55b64710e8

(1453)

on June 19, 2012
at 09:46 AM

By the way I went online, it seems your girlfriend isn't the only one with PCOS who have spider veins. Eat a lot of unsalted butter! (:

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on June 19, 2012
at 01:08 PM

sorry about typos, Im typing on my phone. I dont generally sound this retarded :-P

aging my ass!!! my sisters and i had them since around 12 and 13.

i noticed in gym class jumping and running sometimes hurt the veins sooooo much specially around my calves

. my mother grew up eating paleo plus bread and cheese from her farm for breakfast.. at my mother's time there were no junk foods in the island. but my mom did have stress, she had to care for sick mother and take responsibility of the house and younger children. she also had many, many spider veins at a young age.

My aunts on her side also have lots of them.

We most certainly did not eat SAD.

some spots were completely purple/black because of so any veins, specially my ankles.

after paleo i barely have any anymore, just the most stubborn ones. they are not noticeable unless you're realy looking for them.

I think it went away when my blood pressure got better.it's also better if i'm hydrated and sleep well. maybe you could rub her body every night with coconut oil, to improve blood circulation.

sorry about typos, typing on phone and i'm a bit sick today ^^

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on June 19, 2012
at 06:22 AM

No connetion between the two. Spider veins are a result of aging.

8e10b687e328468783a72c55b64710e8

(1453)

on June 19, 2012
at 09:41 AM

John, it's possible that she had it in her teens because of the SAD food diet. I don't think it's appropriate to have spider veins at 30. My grandmother had none, my mother had spider veins and had surgery in her late 40's, but a lot of young women these days have spider veins. I don't think it's an age thing more than an inappropriate diet thing. Your girlfriend only did paleo for 1.5 years.

B9a9a6a8da79518c72ceb46dcd34fc27

(15)

on June 19, 2012
at 07:55 AM

How come she started having some in her teens then???

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