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I wear a lot of tight compression shorts and bike shorts when I exercise (running, biking, etc.). Could these choices lead to varicose veins later in life?
Probably not a problem if you don't already have a genetic predisposition for varicose veins.
It's not the clothing but the exercise that may contribute to development of venous insufficiency. However, I encourage you to continue to exercise.
Probably not. Many potential causes of varicose veins have been studied and wearing tight fitting clothes has been accused. There is no scientific evidence of this being a cause however.
This is a controversial question. There is no proof that wearing constricting garments will lead to varicose veins. However, it is not unreasonable to think that constriction above a vein will over time lead to swelling of the veins below. It is my opinion, however, that the action of the muscles during exercise will compensate for the negative effects of the constricting garments.
With rare exception, the answer is NO. In the past, our misunderstanding regarding the cause of varicose veins emphasized Mechanical causes such as the weight of the baby during pregnancy and tight fitting clothes. We now understand that the causes are most
strongly genetic (hereditary) and the female hormones which allow increased flexibility of vein size.
Unfortunately, the particular past neglect of venous attention, created a sort of void which became available for many myths to for. Currently, our goal is not only better treatment, but also education to correct thee many myths that remain popular.