The taller you are the more likely you are to suffer from varicose veins: Scientists discover
The taller a person is, the more likely they are to suffer from varicose veins, research suggests.
A study of more than 490,000 people found that the genes that code for height may also cause valves in veins to break down.
This may allow blood to flow backwards and collect at certain points, resulting in varicose veins.
Scientists, from Stanford University, hope their findings will lead to treatments that target the genes behind the condition. Sufferers are currently forced to undergo surgery or laser treatment.
Although previously thought to just be unsightly, recent research suggests varicose veins can be a warning sign for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or a pulmonary embolism.
This comes after research suggested people with varicose veins are five times more likely to develop DVT – a clot in the legs which can lead to amputation or even death.
And they are twice as likely to develop a pulmonary embolism – a clot which travels into the lungs and can be deadly.
Figures suggest up to 30 million people in the US and 15 million in the UK suffer from varicose veins.