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Cellulite Risk Factor  

Several factors may contribute to the formation of cellulite, including: 

Hormonal factors: the chance of developing cellulite seems to be higher during certain periods of life such as puberty, pregnancy, perimenopause, menstruation. During these periods, women experience variable hormonal fluctuations that facilitate more or less water and fat retention in certain parts of the body. For example, during menstruation there is an increase in estrogen that causes retention of water that seeps into the tissues, increasing formation of cellulite.   

Diet : while it is not clear, scientists believe that excessive salt intake, diet rich in carbohydrates (sugars), lipids (fats) and low in dietary fiber may contribute to cellulite. In the other hand, a diet rich in fruit and vegetable associated with physical exercise can contribute greatly to the prevention of cellulite.  

Lack of exercise : in addition to a variety of cancer and cardiovascular disease, physical inactivity has contributed to formation and worsening of cellulite. A sedentary lifestyle advantages accumulation of fat in the adipose tissue, which can weaken normal blood circulation in the muscles of the legs. Therefore, it is important to regularly exercise to reduce your cellulite risk.  

Circulatory failure : whether it is acquired or hereditary, venous insufficiency of lower limbs increases the chance for cellulite. When the blood and lymphatic circulation is not working properly, metabolic wastes from the body are more difficult to be removed; venous return (flow of blood back to the heart) is less effective, and blood and lymph tends to stagnate in the lower part of the body, thus clogging the tissues. To improve your circulation, avoid wearing too tight pants that sheathe the legs excessively; avoid wearing underwear that impede the venous circulation. 

Genetic and Racial Factors: it is found that women whose mothers had a skin greatly marked by cellulite are at greater risk of being affected by the disease. In addition, Caucasian women are more likely to have cellulite than Asian or black women. 

Cigarette Smoking: nicotine affects blood flow in small blood vessels and decreases tissue oxygenation. This can cause the formation of cellulite in some women.  

Some Drugs: taking certain drugs such as estrogens, antihistamines and corticosteroids can cause cellulite. Before taking these drugs talk to your doctor or pharmacist about the risk. 

Stress: it is thought that stress can also contribute to formation of cellulite. It is a remarkable problem for most stressed women. 

 

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