Ask the Experts- June 2023

By: Red Hot Mamas

Published: June 13, 2023

Dear Red Hot Mamas,

I am 55 years old and have been exercising all my life. I have started noticing both varicose veins and spider veins in my legs. Could menopause or the exercise be to blame?


Dear Samantha,

Probably not. Heredity or prolonged standing may contribute to causing spider veins. In fact, regular exercise improves your circulation so that blood flows more efficiently. Varicose veins are more common in people who are not physically active. If you have symptoms such as aching or painful legs, you should discuss this with your doctor. You might also want to keep your weight down as this takes the pressure off your legs.