Surge in Varicose Veins Attributed to Skinny Jean Fashion

Nearly 100,000 women were diagnosed with varicose veins in 2012, accounting for over 60 percent of patients nationwide, according to Korea's National Health Insurance Corporation.

The vascular disease has seen a huge spike over the last six years, especially among young people, but women in their 40s and 50s remain at the highest risk of developing the spidery veins.

The condition commonly develops due to the wear and tear of blood vessels. Normal blood flow occurs when veins are able to efficiently bring back blood to the heart. However, veins that have damaged valves can lose their ability to prevent blood from flowing backwards. This in turn causes blood vessels to become stretched out and twisted.

Doctors say that working on foot or even sitting for long periods of time can place an unnecessary strain on one's lower body. Skinny jeans and tight boots are also responsible for the worsening varicose vein symptoms.

Arirang News / Jan. 22, 2014 10:52 KST