You may have seen them before; those inflated, bulgy veins on the legs of older men and women, accompanied by smaller, sprawling blue and purple veins spreading around the thicker ones. Venous disease affects 1 in 2 people, and estimates are that 50% of adults over 50 in the United States have varicose veins.

Even though most people associate varicose veins with health issues related to women, the reality is that 55% of women and 45% of men are affected by varicose veins or spider veins (telangiectasias).

The condition is harmless in most cases, and is usually treated as a cosmetic issue. However, in some cases it may be a sign of a more serious problem, such as deep vein thrombosis, and therefore should always be checked by a doctor.

As our body gets older, its natural functions begin to deteriorate. Our veins pump blood through our bodies, and …