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14.01.2010


Raised estradiol level gives men varicose veins

Men who suffer from varicose veins have more estradiol in their blood than men who do not have varicose veins. Dermatologists at the Universitaetsklinikum Leipzig discovered this in a small study of 21 men with the complaint. Their publication in Angiology may be interesting for chemical athletes who use testosterone and for men who are considering using supplements to prevent varicose veins.

Raised estradiol level gives men varicose veins
Varicose veins are more common in women who have a raised estradiol level in their blood. And men with Klinefelter syndrome, who also have more estradiol in their blood than other men, are also more likely to have have the problem. That's why the Germans wanted to know whether there's a relationship between sex hormones and varicose veins in 'normal' men. They compared the hormone levels of 21 men who had varicose veins with those of 13 men without the complaint.

Suspect number one on the Germans' list was testosterone. Although men with low testosterone levels have more risk of cardiovascular disease, test tube studies show that androgen hormones are associated with damage to blood vessel walls. But the Germans found no relationship between the amount of free testosterone and varicose veins. The men with varicose veins had just as much free testosterone in their blood as the men who did not have varicose veins.


Raised estradiol level gives men varicose veins


However, there was a relationship between estradiol and varicose veins. The men with varicose veins had more estradiol in their blood than the men with smooth legs.


Raised estradiol level gives men varicose veins


The ratio of estradiol to testosterone was also higher in the men with varicose veins than the men who did not have varicose veins. Sounds logical.


Raised estradiol level gives men varicose veins


It looks like estradiol is the culprit. Why this is the case the researchers don't yet know. Nor are they entirely sure how to interpret their results. This study is the first step in a larger research project on the relationship between sex hormones and varicose veins.

If the results of the study are correct, then supplements that inhibit the conversion of testosterone into estradiol may help against varicose veins.

Source:
Angiology. 2009 Jun-Jul;60(3):283-9.