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Flex Spending Account FAQ: Use It or Lose It

 

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Flexible spending accounts can be an excellent way to budget for health care expenses. However, there’s one thing many people don’t know about their flexible spending account (FSA): If the money in the account is not spent before the end of the year, you don’t get to spend it at all. Read on for further information about flex spending accounts so your money doesn’t go to waste.

What Are Flex Spending Accounts?

Also known as flexible spending arrangements, FSAs help people save money on health care. An employee chooses to designate a set amount of money from each paycheck, pre-tax, and use that money toward medical expenses. Employees can contribute up to $2,550 to their account, and the tax savings can add up in the long run.

Where Does Flex Spending Money Go If You Don’t Use It?

You can accrue quite a bit of money in your flex spending account to put toward medical expenses. But if you don’t spend that money by the end of the year, you lose all the funds. Employers have the option of offering a “grace period” up to 2.5 months to use FSA funds the previous year or allowing an employee to carry over $500 into the new plan year. Any leftover funds are used by the employer to offset administrative costs of the FSA, so it’s truly a use it or lose it arrangement.

With the end of the year quickly approaching, now is the perfect time to spend the money left in your account.

How Should You Spend Leftover FSA Funds?

If you don’t have as many medical expenses as you had predicted, you can spend this extra money in a number of useful ways. Acceptable expenses include prescription and over-the-counter medications, a wide variety of personal care products and items such as compression hose. Flexible spending funds can also sometimes be used for treatments, if deemed medically necessary, such as chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture and some vein treatment procedures.

How Can Flex Accounts Help with Vein Treatment?

Vein disease afflicts people worldwide; however, many sufferers don’t seek treatment. According to Dr. Alexander Park, “Vein disease has real physical symptoms and can affect long-term quality of life without adequate treatment.” But even with potential health impacts of leaving vein disease untreated, some people are reluctant to pay out-of-pocket for relief. This is where flexible spending accounts can come to the rescue. Procedures such as varicose vein surgery can be covered by your FSA if medically necessary for you. Other vein treatments however, under FSA criteria, may be considered to be primarily cosmetic procedures and are not covered. Check with a doctor to see what vein treatments might be considered important to your vein health and covered by your flexible spending funds.

The money in your flex spending account will expire by the end of the year, so if you still have funds left over, you should spend it soon. If you’re debating how to spend your flexible spending account money, consider vein treatments at VeinInnovations. Their expert staff can answer all your questions and guide you through the process to better vein health.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Understanding Ulcers During American Diabetes Month

 

Four stages of development of varicose ulcers on the lower leg 

 

Every November, American Diabetes Month helps raise awareness of this common disease. Roughly 9.4 percent of the population has diabetes. However, of the 30.3 million cases in the U.S., 7.2 million are undiagnosed. One of the many effects of the disease is the development of ulcers.

What Is an Ulcer?

An ulcer is an open sore caused by either a break in mucous membrane or skin, often accompanied by accumulation of pus, pain and tissue disruption. While they can form on internal as well as external body surfaces, sores linked with diabetes most often arise on the outer skin of the lower extremities.

External and lower extremity ulcers can be broken down into three distinct categories: arterial, diabetic and venous. Diabetes is an underlying cause for both diabetic and arterial types. While venous types are not directly tied to diabetes, they can result from repercussive vein diseases and abnormalities.

Arterial Ulcers

Arterial (or “ischemic”) ulcers are the result of insufficient blood supply to the affected area. These account for roughly 15 percent of leg ulcers. A combination of high blood pressure, narrowing of arteries and a buildup of deposits hinders blood supply. When tissues receive an inadequate supply of oxygen and nutrients, skin cells begin to die and break down. They are deep, pale, dry and associated with intense pain.

Diabetic Ulcers

These occur in patients with peripheral neuropathy on various parts of the foot. Ultimately, nerve damage that arises from consistently high blood sugar levels disrupts communication between the brain and distant limbs. Blood vessels become damaged, and there is a severe reduction in blood sent to the feet, decreasing the nutrients and immune-fighting cells to these areas.

Additionally, the ability to detect pain and touch is partially disabled, enhancing the risk of wounds leading to infection due to neglect and lack of awareness. These sores are deep and red, and they are often accompanied by diminished sensation.

Venous Ulcers

Approximately 1 percent of Americans experience this condition at least once throughout their lives. These sores develop from an increase in pressure in the small blood vessels surrounding a site of injury. Over time, the high pressure damages the skin and leads to insufficient blood supply (as with the other types). Venous disease causes roughly 80 percent of all leg ulcers, primarily through malfunctioning valves.

If you have varicose veins, proper treatment can cure and help prevent venous ulcers. Living with a wrapped ankle/foot/leg or an Unna boot and visiting wound care centers does not have to be a reality. VeinInnovations treats venous ulcers with the same procedure we perform for venous reflux disease, since ulcers are also a symptom of incorrect blood flow. This procedure dries the ulcers up, allowing them to heal. If you have questions or want more information, contact the team at VeinInnovations today. Our expert staff can offer customized treatment to help your vein health issues.

 

 

 

Why Leg Skin Texture Changes Could Require Treatment

 

Varicose vein treatment Just like the rest of our body, the skin on our legs is susceptible to signs of aging. Over time, skin loses its elasticity, as the collagen and elastin fibers break down. Your skin also becomes thinner, which may increase the appearance of veins below the surface. Indeed, patients afflicted with venous disease often find the visible symptoms of their conditions worsen as they age. Of course, this phenomenon is coupled with the fact that veins age too! With time, the valves of your veins are affected, causing their efficiency to decrease and unpleasant, irritating side effects to sometimes occur. Keep reading to find out the effects of chronic venous insufficiency upon the skin—and what you can do to find relief!

Varicose Veins

When left untreated, varicose veins can disrupt the smooth, attractive appearance of your skin. Varicose veins are a dark blue or purple in color and they appear “twisted” or “kinked”, as they push against the surface of your skin. These veins can cause discoloration and swelling, thus affecting your legs’ texture. Varicose veins are the result of blood traveling in both directions in the veins due to defective aging valves. This backwards flow causes blood pooling and subsequent stretching of the vein walls.

Spider Veins

Think of spider veins as the younger sibling to varicose veins. These veins are less likely to cause discomfort, but their appearance is still unsightly. Spider veins appear as red or purple vein clusters that push against the skin’s surface. While relatively harmless at onset, spider veins have the potential to grow into painful, large varicose veins without medical intervention, explaining why many patients do opt to have them treated as soon as they can.

Venous Stasis

During venous stasis, the skin’s texture can change drastically. Patients frequently exhibit thickened skin on their legs with discoloration in the ankle area, due to the increased pressure from pooling blood. Varicose veins are often present too, since this disease usually results from the failure to treat them. If left untreated over the long term, venous stasis can result in venous ulcers, which you certainly need to avoid.

How to Get Help Today

If you’re suffering from one of these venous diseases, quick relief from your symptoms is only a phone call away at (678) 731-9815. With four state-of-art clinics in Georgia, VeinInnovations hosts a team of acclaimed doctors, who specialize in making the unsightly effects of these diseases disappear. We offer a variety of non-surgical treatments, which are fast, effective and nearly painless. Contact us today to find out more about our VeinInnovations medical centers and which treatment would be right for your legs.

Celebrate National Women’s Health & Fitness Day

Women's National Health & Fitness DayTo the ladies suffering from venous disease, be inspired this September 27th to take care of your health and improve your well-being. What’s so special about September 27th, you ask? That date is officially National Women’s Health & Fitness Day throughout the United States. It’s a day for women to take some time for themselves by enjoying a wholesome lunch with friends, getting a therapeutic massage or signing up for your next yoga class. In an ideal world, we would take amazing, thoughtful care of our bodies every day, but sometimes an extra reminder is needed.

Of course, when you’re afflicted with untreated venous disease you don’t necessarily need a reminder of their existence! Venous Disease can have a tendency to make its presence known with uncomfortable and unsightly symptoms such as varicose veins, spider veins and thrombophlebitis. Venous diseases often cause unpleasant symptoms like aching pain, leg cramping, swelling, visible veins and even a darkening of the affected area. However, even in the most severe cases, we’re here to tell you that treatment options are available to you at VeinInnovations.

Become our next satisfied patient

At VeinInnovations, we want you to return to your healthy, energetic day-to-day life as soon as possible. That’s why so many of our patients rave about our medical treatments and services. After becoming VeinInnovations patients, many women and men report an increase in their physical activity. One of our clients was a former adventurer, who dreamed of climbing to new heights again. We made that happen for him: “Had I not sought help for my bulging veins, I would have had the endurance needed to reach the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro with my son Corey,” Randy Yates’ recounts.

Healing your veins’ visible symptoms also allows you to show off your legs with confidence again. Doubtful? Ask Wilma Ferguson, who wrote to us: “My spider veins made my legs tingle and feel numb. They limited my movement and energy, and I worried about covering up my legs. Now that I’ve had my legs treated, I feel incredible and wear what I want!”

Ready to begin treatment?

VeinInnovations specializes in treatments that maximize results with minimal discomfort. Our board-certified doctors offer a wide array of state-of-art medical services, designed to alleviate the symptoms of many different venous diseases. Visit our contact page for more details. We can help make every day a health and fitness day for you!

An Interview with Dr. David Park

 

David Park_CroppedA childhood trip to the emergency room inspired Dr. David Park to become a doctor. “It was traumatic for my mother,” he says. “I was taken to the ER, half of my face was split open, and within a few hours, I was sewn up and it healed well. Knowing that the human body can be put back together like that caused me to think about becoming a doctor.”

As he entered medical school, Dr. Park had the idea he would be become a heart surgeon. “I was in awe of working on the human heart,” he says. He earned his Doctor of Medicine from University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1988, graduating with honors, and received a fellowship from the Mid-America Heart Institute at St. Luke’s Hospital. After five years as a resident general surgeon and chief general surgeon at Emory University, he moved into private practice and has continued to work in this field since then. In that time, he has also developed a specialized interest in various vein health concerns, which he now treats in his role with VeinInnovations.

While working on the human heart was a major inspiration in his early career, Dr. David Park found that these surgeries became mundane over time. “It was the same operation over and over,” he says. “I was turned off by that.”

General surgery proved to be the perfect solution, him with a varied workload that kept him refreshed and engaged. To broaden his professional and intellectual scope further, Dr. Park branched into vein disorders, which he has found especially gratifying in terms of their mental challenge. Patients come in with a wide range of problems that require individualized treatment. “What I like best is that it’s a fairly rapid process,” Dr. Park says. “Seeing the before and after is gratifying.”

More than cosmetics

In his work with VeinInnovations, Dr. Park regularly meets with patients who hold misconceptions about the vein treatments offered. The most common such misconception is that vein treatments only have cosmetic benefits. “It’s a nice benefit to having this done, but it is significantly more than aesthetics,” Dr. Park says.

Dr. Park enjoys taking time to educate patients on the benefits, and to address their concerns about the treatment process. “The most common concern is how painful this is going to be,” Dr. Park says. “I reassure them that most patients say it is much better than they expected. I’ve had them done myself and I was able to tolerate it and I can attest to and empathize with their fears. But it isn’t going to be as bad as what they are anticipating.”

Through this process, Dr. Park enjoys the ability to sit down and get to know his patients, while also allowing them to learn more about him.

Building relationships

 “I like engaging with patients, and I look forward to helping them feel better and look better, and the process of getting to know them individually over time,” Dr. Park says. “That’s fun. People come from various backgrounds and stories, and then I’ll share my story.”

Since patients often come into the office for a number of appointments before, during and after treatments, there is ample time to strengthen these relationships and make sure each patient gets the attention and experience they deserve. It also helps that VeinInnovations offers a full spectrum of services that can be provided in-office. “I don’t have to send patients off elsewhere,” Dr. Park says. “We perform everything in our office.”

If you are currently suffering with a venous disease or other vein health concerns, contact the VeinInnovations team today to learn more about how we can help.

What Is Chronic Vein Disease?

 

Painful varicose and spider veins on womans legs who is active and working out self-helping herself in overcoming the pain. Vascular disease varicose veins problems active life concept.Chronic venous disease (also known as chronic venous insufficiency) occurs when the veins in the legs do not allow blood to flow efficiently to the heart. Weakened, faulty valves cause blood to pool in the legs. These blood flow issues can lead to other problems that affect vein health. Common vein problems include varicose veins and spider veins, with spider veins being the least serious of the most common vein disorders.

Who’s affected? 

Vein disease is fairly common and can affect anyone. By the age of 55, almost half of men and women suffer from some form of it. . A widely reported statistic estimates that spider veins affect up to 72% of American women and 40% of men. People who work jobs that require them to stand for a long time are more susceptible. But a sedentary lifestyle can also increase risk. Vein problems become more frequent with age, but being female, having a family history of varicose veins, injury, smoking, lack of physical activity, and gaining weight contribute to the disease.

 Symptoms

Symptoms of chronic vein disease affect the legs and ankles and may be uncomfortable or painful. Individuals may experience itching, a heavy feeling one or both legs, cramping and skin sores or ulcers. Other symptoms include swollen ankles, varicose veins and brown-colored or dark-colored skin.

 Prevention

There are no true prevention methods, however, maintaining a healthy weight and getting regular exercise are always good habits.  If your job requires you to sit or stand for long periods of time, taking regular breaks during the day to walk for a few minutes can help to get the muscle pump in your calf moving again.  If your doctor has prescribed a blood thinner for blood clots, it is imperative to consistently take the medicine as prescribed.

Chronic venous disease is a common medical condition, affecting millions; however, it can be treated. If you have been diagnosed, it is important to follow your doctor’s instructions.

Treatment

One conservative treatment option for chronic vein disease is elevating your legs when sitting. If your job requires you to sit or stand for long periods of time, your doctor may recommend that you take breaks throughout your day and walk to improve circulation in your legs and feet.

Your doctor may also prescribe compression stockings or socks to reduce swelling, relieve pain and help heal skin ulcers.

 Sometimes, lifestyle changes alone are not adequate to treat vein disease. Fortunately, vein specialists, such as those at VeinInnovations, offer a variety of treatment options that are virtually pain-free. After a thorough consultation and diagnosis, board-certified physicians will design a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. VeinInnovations offers state-of-the-art approaches to the treatment of vein diseases, including non-surgical procedures.

If you are experiencing symptoms of chronic venous disease, contact VeinInnovations today to schedule a consultation with our caring team of vein care specialists.

Home Remedies for Spider Veins: How Effective Are They?

spider veins It’s not unusual to get spider veins as we age, those small, knotty blood vessels that branch out visibly just under the surface of the skin. They appear in bright colors of blue, purple or red, like miniature varicose veins, and tend to form on the legs and feet. These areas are under the most stress because of the strain put on them by gravity, body weight and their distance from the heart.

Even worse, these veins can appear on the face, making sufferers self-conscious about their appearance.

Although spider veins don’t usually cause serious health issues, they can burn or itch, and may be indicative of worse circulatory problems. In some cases, they can create sores, bleeding and blood clots.

“Even if spider veins don’t pose an immediate health risk,” says a spokesperson for VeinInnovations, “they are unsightly and can cause a degree of embarrassment that may prevent people from doing the things they love—going to the beach, wearing cool summer clothing, even just going out in public.”

At-home fixes?

Because spider veins are so common, with more than half of people over 50 experiencing them, many sufferers hope to get help from home remedies. Though evidence to support their effectiveness is lacking, these remedies fall into three main categories: foods and supplements, topical treatments and physical therapies. Let’s take a look.

Foods and supplements

The edible treatments suggested for spider vein home remedies include:

  • Citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit to strengthen vein walls
  • Ginger to thin the blood and lower blood pressure
  • Ginkgo balboa to strengthen the veins and improve circulation
  • Spicy foods to break down fibrin, the lumpy material around the veins
  • Horse chestnut to improve vein elasticity

Topical treatments

Generally applied with a compress or swabbed on with cotton balls, here are home ingredients some people put directly on the skin:

  • Witch hazel, an herbal astringent
  • Apple cider vinegar (which can also be taken by mouth)
  • Mustard oil, grape seed oil, pine bark or marigold to stimulate circulation
  • Cabbage or Fuller’s Earth poultices

Physical remedies

Many of these are sound health tips regardless of their effectiveness on spider veins:

  • Sleeping on the back with legs elevated to relieve leg pressure
  • Massage, walking and toning exercises to help improve circulation
  • Wearing flat shoes and not sitting with crossed legs to prevent leg strain
  • Avoiding excessive salt and smoking, which impede circulation
  • Avoiding alcohol which dilates blood vessels, which can cause blood pooling

A better way

Unfortunately, most of these do-it-yourself remedies have little to no effect. While most of them won’t hurt you (though you should use caution with dietary supplements) they do not provide the effective, noticeable and lasting results spider vein sufferers are looking for, because reversing the damage from vein disease requires more dramatic interventions.

The good news is, there are medical treatments that are proven to work. Because spider veins are small and near the surface of the skin, many treatments are non- or minimally-invasive, and relatively pain-free.

Sclerotherapy – A highly effective, non-surgical treatment, sclerotherapy involves injecting a tiny needle filled with special fluid into the vein. This causes the vein walls to seal shut, eventually be absorbed by the body and gradually disappear. This procedure causes little pain and may be covered by insurance.

Laser treatment – A surface laser shoots bursts of intense light at the small veins, which causes them to vanish over time. This treatment is especially good for treating facial spider veins. A combination of laser treatment and sclerotherapy may also be used

These two procedures are the most common for the removal of spider veins, however a duplex Doppler ultrasound should be performed to determine whether the spider veins are being caused by backward blood flow in the veins.  If so, recommendations will be made for more appropriate treatment to address the root cause of the problem veins.

Make the most of modern science

Home remedies are, for the most part, inexpensive and relatively easy to administer. The problem is, they don’t work well.

“Science is on your side, offering the most advanced and effective techniques for spider veins and treatments that really do work,” says a spokesperson for VeinInnovations. “Surgery used to be a given for vein problems, but it’s often not necessary these days. And you may find your insurance will cover these modern procedures.”

Rather than wasting time and energy applying compresses to your spider veins or taking supplements that may have side effects, why not go with treatments that are proven to work with minimal pain and downtime? Contact VeinInnovations today to find out how to eliminate them effectively.

Sources:

https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/varicose-veins-and-spider-veins

http://www.livestrong.com/article/132769-home-remedies-get-rid-spider-veins/

http://www.nowloss.com/How-to-get-rid-of-spider-veins-naturally.htm

http://www.healthyandnaturalworld.com/home-remedies-to-get-rid-of-spider-veins/

http://www.homeremedyhacks.com/21-home-remedies-to-get-rid-of-spider-veins/

http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/cosmetic-procedures-spider-veins#1

How Compression Stockings Can Aid in Leg Health

Medical compression hosiery in different colors. Isolated on white.

Compression stockings are often recommended to people who suffer from achy, swollen legs. They aid the body in moving blood up the leg against the pull of gravity and while being worn, are often a conservative treatment option to increase blood flow to the lower limbs. Sufferers of chronic venous diseases, such as varicose veins and spider veins, are the main candidates for compression therapy. If you are thinking of using stockings in your treatment, there are some things you should consider to get the maximum benefits.

Graduated compression

Most stockings are graduated, which means they have a decreasing strength of compression up the leg. By being tightest at the ankle and reducing compression strength up the leg, compression stockings help guide the blood upward and away from the lower leg. This compression also squeezes the veins and creates less area through which blood can flow, forcing the rate of blood flow to increase.

 Compression levels

Support stockings are available in multiple compression support levels. Most commonly used compression

support stockings come in mild (8-15 mmHg), medium (15-20 mmHg), firm (20-30 mmHg) and x-firm (30-40 mmHg) gradient compression levels:

  • Mild compression (8-15mmHg) provides relief and minimizes tired and achy legs.
  • Medium compression (15-20mmHg) provides relief for minor to moderate varicose and spider veins.
  • Firm compression (20-30mmHg) provides relief for moderate to severe varicose veins (helpful during pregnancy).
  • X-Firm compression (30-40mmHg) provides relief for severe varicose veins.

Dr. Frank Ferrier, of VeinInnovations in Atlanta says, “The best compression stockings are well-fitting and are the proper compression strength. The most important factor is that the compression stocking is measured and fitted properly. For most varicose veins, 20-30 mmHg of compression is enough, but for some more advanced venous insufficiency and lymphedema, 30-40 mmHg is required.”

You’ll want to consult with your doctor for recommendations before choosing a compression level.

Sizing stockings

 To fit you for medical grade compression stockings, the doctor will usually measure your ankle circumference, your calf circumference and the distance between your heel and knee, according to Compressionstockings.com. Ankle and calf measurements should be taken in the morning, since your legs will swell the longer you are upright. Medical supply stores may help with sizing if you can’t have a professional fitting done.

When to wear stockings

Compression stockings work best when you put them on in the morning, before you are up and walking around. This will help prevent blood pooling. If you wait until later in the day to put them on, after you have been sitting or standing for a while, your blood will already have started to pool in your legs. This can make it ever harder to get the stockings on and may make them less effective in helping with your symptoms.

Dr. Ferrier says most insurance companies require patients to wear compression stockings prior to treatment as a conservative measure. “After you meet the stocking requirement, you can have additional treatment recommended by VeinInnovations, and your insurance is likely to cover it. While compression stockings make the legs feel better when they are on, when removed, the same symptoms are likely to occur. Treatment of the greater saphenous vein is the only way to completely relieve symptoms of heavy, tired, achy legs,” he says.

Not your grandmother’s stockings

In recent years, compression stockings have gone through a form and function redesign. Gone are the days of rubber socks that only came in flesh colors. Improvements include new fiber materials that are cooler, softer, highly durable and definitely more fashionable.

If you think you may benefit from compression stockings, contact the doctors at VeinInnovations today and schedule an appointment to be fitted.

Varicose Veins and Insurance Coverage

InsuranceAccording to WebMD, approximately 30 to 60 percent of adults have varicose veins. These are enlarged, bluish veins that appear swollen or twisted. They are usually present on the legs and feet, and although they do not bother some people, they may present more serious complications for others. For some people, they may indicate a more serious circulation problem.

Spider veins are a common, milder form of varicose veins. These tiny veins also appear on the legs or feet and are usually not painful. Many people choose to treat spider veins because they are concerned about their appearance.

Varicose and spider veins can run in the family. Women are more likely to have them than men. Causes of vein problems include damage to the leg veins, problems with blood flow from the veins back to the heart and increased pressure in the leg veins. There are a number of vein treatment options available that insurance can cover, at least in part. Learn more about treatment details and what kind of coverage you can expect from your insurance provider.

Treatment options

A vein specialist can help determine the best treatment plan for varicose or spider veins, based on your condition. The provider may use special ultrasound techniques to determine the severity of your varicose veins. The good news is that many vein procedures can be done in a doctor’s office or other outpatient setting. Some of the most common treatments for varicose or spider veins include:

  • Sclerotherapy
    This pain-free procedure involves injecting veins with a medication that scars and closes them.
  • Laser therapy
    Laser therapy is another treatment that can treat spider veins. A laser sends bursts of light into the vein, which will make the vein collapse and eventually disappear. Laser therapy is not always effective on larger veins.
  • Foam sclerotherapy
    This procedure is often used to treat larger, more severe varicose veins. It’s a newer technique that closes off a vein using a foam solution.
  • Radiofrequency ablation
    A minimally invasive procedure that uses a thin tube to direct radiofrequency energy that heats and destroys the vein wall.Please visit the VeinInnovations’ treatment page for all available options.

Insurance coverage for vein procedures

If you’re considering having a vein procedure, don’t be discouraged by the financial impact of treatment. You might even be surprised to learn that your procedure may be covered by health insurance. When a vein procedure is medically necessary because of the presence of disease, rather than for just cosmetic improvement (sclerotherapy and laser therapy), many companies will provide some type of coverage so that you can get treatment and symptom relief.

Your benefits and coverage depend on your diagnosis and insurance company’s policies. Your provider will check your eligibility and let you know what is covered and what is your responsibility or copayment. You can also call your insurance company to determine your eligibility. Be sure to find out the amount that you will pay out-of-pocket and how much your insurer will pay. VeinInnovations takes all major insurance plans, including Medicare.

Payment options

Most vein centers want you to get the treatment you need without creating a large financial burden. Some vein therapy centers offer a variety of payment options such as payment plans, discounts or special pricing. Talk to your provider to determine which payment options are available. If you have to meet a deductible or pay a copayment, many vein centers will work with you so that you can have the treatments that will bring you pain relief and improvement of your vein symptoms.

Contact VeinInnovations today to see how we can work together to give you healthy, beautiful legs.

Community Events: Partnering with the ADA

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Diabetes, a metabolic disorder where the body is incapable of naturally producing enough insulin, can result in excess sugar accumulating in the blood. Over time, that surplus sugar can cause significant damage and deterioration to nerves, kidneys and veins. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) works tirelessly to educate the public about the dangers of diabetes and helps prevent the disease through community outreach, efforts that VeinInnovations is thrilled to be a partner in. Read on for more information about diabetes and vein health and ways that VeinInnovations and the ADA are joining forces around this deadly disease.

Increased blood sugar levels damage blood vessels

The extra, unusable, glucose floating in the bloodstream of an individual living with diabetes is akin to having small shards of glass scraping and scratching the vein and artery walls.

The smallest blood vessels – such as those within the eyes, kidneys, feet and hands are the most easily affected and often show the first signs of harm. In fact, it’s not uncommon for damage to become apparent before someone has been officially diagnosed with the disease.

Veins and nerve damage

When the blood vessels that supply nerves in the fingers and toes become damaged, people living with diabetes can experience numbness, hypersensitivity and potentially be affected by conditions such as varicose veins and other vein conditions. Additionally, because the body’s longest nerve, the sciatic nerve, originates in the lower spine and travels down into the feet, ending at the toes, legs can be the target of peripheral neuropathy, damage to the nerves that send messages to and from the brain and the spinal cord.

American diabetes association

Affecting nearly 29 million children and adults across the country, with an additional 86 million at risk, diabetes is the fastest growing disease in the United States. Unless current trends change, one in every three children born in the United States can look forward to a life affected by the disease. But the ADA wants to stop that from happening. They’re committed to curing the illness and preventing new cases from occurring.

Partnering with the ADA at community events

VeinInnovations shares that commitment to improve the quality of life for those living with diabetes. That’s why we’ve become a part of their Stop Diabetes® movement, a nationwide call to action with a goal of eradicating diabetes and its impact on our community.

Tour de Cure

VeinInnovations is joining forces with others who want to make a difference in the lives of those affected by the disease. Atlanta’s premier cycling event and one of the ADA’s most popular community events, the 2017 Tour de Cure Atlanta, June 3 at Boundary Waters Park, brings together cyclists of all skill levels on a multiple-route fundraising tour of the city, culminating with a rollicking finish-line wellness festival.

Treatment options

If you or someone you love is living with diabetes and varicose or spider veins, contact Atlanta’s vein specialists today and find out how you can help stop nerve damage before it starts. Book your consultation today.