Cellulite: Are Hormonal Changes The Major Factor?
Women and Cellulite
It is a common knowledge that women are substantially more vulnerable to cellulite than men. The instances of cellulite are so intensely prevalent among women that as much as 95% of the female population is affected with the condition.
The question that arises is why should such a large proportion of the women population should pick up cellulite? The answers are not many. The first involves their basic physiological constitution – the structure of their fibrous septae happens to be mesh-like easily facilitates trapping of their fat cells, which lead to Cellulite . In men the septae structure is relatively smoother.
The second key answer to cellulite-proneness of women is the presence of female-specific sex hormones in women. The distributional changes occurring in women at different times influence their body conditions – especially with regard to cellulite – in different manners.
One of the most cellulite-causing hormones is estrogen, which almost dictates the number of fat cells a woman should have and where they should be located – the prominent areas being thighs, hips, buttocks and around the breasts. Progesterone is the second type of female sex hormones that is notoriously known for problems such as weight gain, weakening of the veins and of fluid retention – all known as the root problems for cellulite. Both the offending hormones contribute rather heavily to excess of calories and consequently, to the development of Cellulite in women. Yet, apparently, hormones are not the only factors responsible for onset of cellulite. There are many other contributors to cellulite conditions – genetic factors, sedentary lifestyles with no exercise, unhealthy diet and continual/excess stress, to name a few.
The major change in the distribution of estrogen leading to cellulite initially takes place evidently within the first few years of puberty, during pregnancy and in the postnatal period. All through this period – or sometime in the future too – the estrogen stimulates formation of fat cells, which keep on multiplying to take the form of storage fat or subcutaneous fat of the connective tissues. The change in the subcutaneous layer is a primary development that causes appearance of that ugly cellulite dimpling on the surface of the skin.
Other Hormones That Contribute to Cellulite
Apart from estrogen and progesterone, there are other hormones that can adversely affect your metabolism and add to your cellulite problems. Some of them are:
- Thyroid Hormone. An excess of thyroid hormone – in spite of being an agent for loosing weight – can cause damage to connective tissues including the ones related to cellulite conditions.
- Cortisol. While a low cortisol level could cause weight gain, an excess of this stress hormone is also known to be bad for your cellulite and the skin health as it can adversely affect the blood vessels as well as cause fluid retention and localized obesity.
- Insulin. The metabolism inherent in insulin, which is one of the primary anabolic hormones, can be a major factor in accumulation of fat.
How to Lower the Impact of Bad Hormones
The best way to keep cellulite at an arms length (or to get rid of it) is undoubtedly one – regular physical workouts. It has been conclusively proved that exercises helps in protecting you from cellulite even during the most vulnerable period of post-puberty and pregnancy.
A frequent change in your diet is another excellent way to get your body cleansed up. It also helps you to regulate the release of toxin hormone and to keep the cellulite away.
Cellulite can affect people of all ages and body types and can be notoriously difficult to get rid of. While there are certainly no miracle cures, using specially formulated creams and treatments along with a healthy diet and exercise plan can reduce the appearance of the dimpled skin affected by cellulite. Creams and lotions that contain stimulating ingredients such as caffeine are particularly beneficial as they help move toxins out the body while other natural ingredients are used to condition the skin, giving it a firmer, tighter appearance which further reduces the look of the affected area.