EXPLORING THE FACTORS INFLUENCING THE RISK OF CELLULITE
Cellulite, also known as adiposis edematosa, is one of the most common skin conditions, affecting up to 98% of all women. It’s characterized by the herniation of fat under the skin, resulting in skin “dimpling.” While cellulite typically doesn’t pose any significant health risks, it can still negatively affect a person’s self-esteem and overall confidence. So, if you’re looking to combat the effects of cellulite, you should first familiarize yourself with the various factors that influence its production.
Hormones are believed to play a critical role in the production of cellulite. Women with high levels of the hormone estrogen, for instance, are more likely to develop cellulite than their counterparts with low-to-normal levels of estrogen. Additionally, hormones like insulin, prolactin and thyroid hormones may also influence the formation of cellulite, though to a lesser degree. Women should have their hormone levels checked to determine whether or not this is an underlying cause of their cellulite.
There are certain lifestyle factors that may also influence the formation of cellulite, one of which is stress. Roughly 77% of the U.S. adult population suffers from physical symptoms caused by stress, according to the American Institute of Stress. Furthermore, one-third of Americans say they are living with “extreme” stress. Some people assume that stress only causes psychological symptoms like anxiety and restlessness, but this isn’t necessarily true. In addition to psychological symptoms, stress can also manifest physical symptoms, including the formation of cellulite.
If you suffer from a high-stress life, consider the following tips to achieve a more relaxed, stress-free lifestyle:
- Engage in meditation or deep breathing exercises
- Eat a nutritious, balanced diet
- Maintain strong relationships with friends and family
- Take a vacation
- Get seven to eight hours of sleep a night
Of course, there are some factors that are outside your control, including genetics. If your parent has or had cellulite, you too will have a greater risk of developing it. Recently a team of researchers led by Enzo Emanuele traced the genetic disposition of cellulute to two specific genes: angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) and hypoxia-inducible factor 1A (HIF1a). The researchers hope that one day this information could be used to create new and improved treatment options.
As you can see, there are many different factors that influence the formation of cellulite, including hormonal, lifestyle and genetic factors. The good news is that cellulite can be minimized through exercise, dieting and medical treatment options.