Varicose veins are a sign of aging – enlarged, gnarled veins clearly visible through the skin. Is there a connection between varicose veins and diabetes? A lot of people think that diabetes causes varicose veins. The truth is rather more complicated than that.

Does Diabetes Cause Varicose Veins?

No. Diabetes does not “cause” varicose veins – not all diabetics develop them and varicose veins are also seen in other older individuals. The apparent correlation is, instead, the result of the risk factors for both being similar. Varicose veins are, in fact, caused by “venous insufficiency” – the flow of blood through the veins is slow and blood pools in the veins, causing the visible enlargement. The root cause is problems with the valves that keep blood flowing in the correct direction, towards the heart. This is why varicose veins are generally seen on the legs. Diabetes, on the other hand, is a result of insulin resistance or the production of insufficient insulin. (Type I diabetics have a chronic insufficiency from an early age, Type II develops in older adults). When the two occur together it is because both varicose veins and type II diabetes are seen in older, overweight individuals who have a family history of the disease. Both can also occur in pregnant women.

These shared risk factors are often the reason why varicose veins are often attributed to diabetes. Both diabetes and varicose veins are possible health hazards for individuals who are:

  • aging
  • pregnant
  • obese
  • have a family history or genetic predisposition

How Can Diabetics Prevent Varicose Veins?

First of all, remember that the one does not cause the other – but the measures taken to prevent varicose veins can also help with circulation problems caused by diabetes. Patients should keep salt intake down and eat plenty of fiber, elevate the legs when resting (a reclining chair with foot support is recommended) and avoid constricting clothing.

How Does Diabetes Affect Circulation?

Diabetes (both types) affects circulation by damaging veins and valves – this is a direct result of elevated blood sugar, so the better the disease is managed with medication and insulin, the less damage is done. If blood sugar stays too high for too long, it can lead to ruptured veins, edema, and damage to organs and nerves. Kidney damage is particularly common in diabetics because the damage affects the ability to filter the blood.

Diabetics are also more inclined towards wounds and ulcers. Nerve damage can lead to numb areas, and thus to injuries that are not noticed right away. The legs and feet should be inspected regularly, both for unnoticed damage and for the development of varicose veins and other issues.

What Should Patients Do?

Although diabetes does not cause varicose veins, it can make the risks and damage higher. Untreated varicose veins can get infected, and the infection can be critical and life-threatening. Diabetics have a higher risk due to their weaker immune system.

We offer treatments for varicose veins that include the simple option of endovenous laser or ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy. These can be done without general anesthetic as an outpatient procedure which minimizes downtime. The fact that surgery can be avoided is particularly important for diabetics, who tend to have problems healing. We have the expertise to provide these new treatments at a reasonable cost.

What are arteries?

  • Arteries carry oxygenated blood removed from the heart except for the pulmonary artery.
  • These are deeply located in the body for the most part.
  • These are thick-walled.
  • These possess slender lumen.
  • Valves are absent.
  • These show movement of blood giving pulse.
  • Blood in arteries moves with pressure.
  • Arteries empty at the time of death.
  • If arterial wall is bruised, the blood comes out like a ‘fountain’ in giant space all around the artery.

What do veins do?

  • Veins carry deoxygenated blood toward the heart except for the respiratory organ veins.
  • These are superficial and deep in location.
  • These are thin walled.
  • Valves provide one way flow of blood/
  • These are blue in color/
  • They move sluggishly throughout the blood.
  • Blood in the veins moves beneath very low pressure/
  • Veins get stuffed up at time of death/
  • If the venous wall is bruised, blood comes out, collects in a pool in a tiny space around the vein.

Different Kinds of Arteries and Veins

There are two kinds of arteries within the body: pulmonary and systemic. The pulmonary artery carries deoxygenated blood from the heart to the lungs, for purification whereas the systemic arteries that carry aerated blood from the heart to alternative elements of the body. Arterioles and capillaries are further extensions of the (main) artery that help transport blood to tinier parts within the body.

Veins will be classified as pulmonary veins and systemic veins. The pulmonary veins are a group of veins that deliver oxygenated blood from the lungs to the heart and therefore the systemic veins drain the tissues of the body and deliver deoxygenated blood to the heart. pulmonic and systemic veins can either be superficial (can be seen or felt if touched on sure areas on the hands and legs) or embedded deep inside the body.

Keeping Your Veins Healthy

If you are seeking relief from pain caused by vain problems, we can provide the relief you are seeking. Located conveniently in North Center Chicago, Chicago Vein Institute is ready to take a look at your veins and put together a comprehensive treatment plan for you.

If you would like to schedule an appointment, get in touch with us today and get the process started.

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Just finished my treatment at the Chicago Vein Institute and I'm very happy with the services they provided. Dr. Sunje and his medical team did an excellent job. All of the treatments and aftercare were explained to me thoroughly and clearly. My appointments were scheduled very well to accommodate... my work hours, and they were helpful with my health insurance as well which I really appreciated. I would highly recommend them to all of my family and friends!read more
Maria K.
Maria K.
03:26 18 Sep 20
Ship- I don't know but I'm getting a lot of pain. I'm going 8/17 for my appointment. Why? I don't understand why it hurts. It's been ongoing.
Why M.
Why M.
05:08 17 Aug 20
Chicago Vein Institute is the place to go to change your life around! I knew my veins in legs were not good but didn't know how bad until the Chicago Vein Institute evaluated them and successfully treated them. I feel like I have new legs again, thanks to the Chicago Vein Institute. The doctors... and staff educated me about vein disease, very professional, nice and invested in patients' success. Best investment of time, money and energy for one's future.read more
Carol C.
Carol C.
16:36 16 Aug 20
Friendly staff.
Kenneth B.
Kenneth B.
16:15 28 Jul 20
Really great doctor, that takes his time with each patient to have a quality conversation and answer all of their questions
BIH P.
BIH P.
15:44 28 Jul 20
Staff is nice, clean environment, I would suggest updating Google information because it has the old address listed.
Kenyetta B.
Kenyetta B.
16:27 15 Jan 20
If you suffer from rhoids (you know what I’m talking about!) just come here. They treat them with infrared laser to reduce the swelling and it helps tremendously. It’s a quick procedure and you’ll be feeling better soon after. Don’t walk around in silence. Yes it’s awkward but it’s better than... being in pain! I hope my review helps someone. I didn’t see any other reviews about them so thought I would help others out there. They do get busy so keep that in mind. Appointments are not always immediate. They were nice enough to squeeze me in one day on the same day basis because I was in so much pain. I’m very grateful for them.read more
Everz
Everz
21:50 08 Jan 20
Just had a wonderful experience at CVI. As a new patient, I learned so much from Paul. It is clear he loves his job, which makes the experience that much more positive. Dr. Sunje provided excellent care. I found the right place.
Lauren R.
Lauren R.
01:59 25 Oct 19
The tech and the doctors are very nice and they let you know right away whats going i am so happy they where able to give me good news
DEANNA C.
DEANNA C.
15:08 18 Sep 19
Dr. Sunje and his staff: Sandy/Vanessa- Receptionists; Cece, Paul, Madeline, Jackie, Vanessa, Joanna and Gabriela, are professional at what they do, respectively, yet personal in caring about my well being throughout the process. Each time I went, regardless of who was assisting with my outpatient... procedures, they were in tuned to making sure I was taken care of. Dr. Sunje called me on a Saturday to see how I was doing from an outpatient procedure I had completed the previous day. I look forward to my visits knowing that the best outcome will be achieved with Dr. Sunje and his staff.read more
Issa Lozada V.
Issa Lozada V.
21:55 17 Sep 19
My doc Cece was so nice and made me feel very welcomed. I asked for a specific, natural look and that’s exactly what I got. I had many questions and all of them were answered with full details. Her assistant Jazmine was so sweet and made me feel welcomed. I would definitely recommend! Every penny... was worth it. Quality service in all aspectsread more
Maiyah O.
Maiyah O.
01:31 30 Aug 19
This is the best vein clinic I have been to. Staff is very friendly and pleasant and Dr. Sunje gives you his undivided attention. I went for spider vein sclerotherapy on my legs and they did not only do an excellent job removing spider veins but also walked me through the steps of the procedure and... did a quick ultrasound to determine and explain the underlaying causes of my spider veins. I highly recommend this clinic to anyone with vein-related concerns on their legs.read more
Ula W.
Ula W.
15:10 11 Aug 19
I have been to the Chicago Vein Institute twice to see Lauren for lip fillers.I can't express just how happy I am with my results! She was able to create the exact shape and pout that I was looking for. Lauren is very gentle and precise with her work. Honestly, I'm hooked and cannot wait to go back... to see her again!read more
Emily R.
Emily R.
14:29 09 Aug 19
Great place! Staff is very courteous and pro at all levels.
Jeffrey J. P.
Jeffrey J. P.
22:15 07 Aug 19
I had such an amazing experience at the clinic. I had Dysport injections with Cecilia Lee and could not be happier with the results. She took excellent care of me and made me feel very comfortable with the procedure. Everyone I interacted with at the clinic was very professional and courteous. I... will certainly be returning. 😊read more
Todd F.
Todd F.
16:16 22 Jul 19
Amazing staff and very professional doctors, very clean clinic. I highly recommend this place.
Jehan T.
Jehan T.
17:13 17 Jul 19
Very nice and welcoming practice. Everyone is very nice and polite.
Marija S.
Marija S.
21:24 06 Jun 19
The staff, physicians, nurses, PAs, NPs and administrative support, are incredibly friendly, and show genuine concern for the patient. Physicians and nurses take their time, reviewing procedures with clients, and patiently answers questions. The level of competence is very high. I have been to a... lot of offices that offer medical and cosmetic procedures, but this is the absolute best I ever found, bar none. I recommended the Chicago Vein Institute to my friends, and will continue to do so. I wish I could give more than 5 points!read more
EstherSylvia F.
EstherSylvia F.
18:23 05 Jun 19
Very friendly and professional staff. Keep it up 👍
Ashour M.
Ashour M.
02:18 05 Jun 19
Very friendly staff and the doctor always has a smile on his face. Office is clean and modern, would recommend it to anyone. Plus the mints are good 😉
Elzbieta M.
Elzbieta M.
21:33 18 May 19
Wow this place is absolutely amazing. The staff and the doctors were so nice and very thorough with speaking to me about everything going on. I highly recommend this place. The doctor makes you feel like you're important and the staff and doctors listen to you. Facility was very clean. This is a... very good place if you want to come and be treated like family.read more
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Tiffany Shadley Haul Kinda G.
13:44 16 May 19
Very pleased with everyone. From the doctors to the ultrasound tec, and all the staff. I've been treated good, and my treatment was explained very well. Definitely recommend this place to anyone that is suffering with varicose veins. It is somewhat painful but worth it. I'm halfway with my... treatment and I already see the difference. The doctor is very caring and helpful he takes his time to call his patients afterwards to make sure that your doing good.read more
Gaby F.
Gaby F.
13:51 12 Mar 19
It is so nice to see my legs without veins thanks the Chicago Vein Institute team.
Magda G.
Magda G.
22:22 08 Mar 19
They are very professional
ESTHER V.
ESTHER V.
01:03 13 Feb 19
The people here are such beautiful, very vibrant people. Everyone is so consistent in how they treat me and are very welcoming to all. I sometimes go in earlier than my appointment time just to enjoy the environment.
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Cynthia K.
17:47 11 Jan 19

Chicago Vein Institute is a practice solely dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of vein diseases. The experts at CVI perform the latest and most effective treatments for painful varicose veins, spider veins, and other vein-related disorders. CVI offers minimally invasive treatment options, including Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA), Ambulatory Phlebectomy, Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy, Surface Sclerotherapy, Elastic Compression Stockings and wound care for venous ulcers, performing more than 8,000 vein-related procedures annually. Visit our sister brand, Chicago Cosmetic Institute, offering a full array of medical spa services including CoolSculpting, Liposuction, Botox, chemical peels and more.

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