Cellulite, Menopause and You

carriepierce_menopauserusMedical Researchers have just begun to unravel cellulite’s dark mysteries, and the findings are both encouraging- and discouraging.

Cellulite is quite common in women- but can even be found in some unlucky men and a few teenage girls. It also worsens with the onset of menopause- and it is only now becoming clear as to why exactly this is.

What researchers have recently discovered about cellulite- and Menopause-sheds new light on the subject and provides key insights formerly missing from the equation.

It’s long been known that cellulite can exist in women who have as little as 15% body fat.  Consequently because of this phenomenon it is incorrect to think of cellulite as merely ‘a fat person’s issue’ or that cellulite is just ‘fat’ in general terms.

It’s well documented that cellulite (also known as localized lipodystrophy) is a condition marked by a very telltale ‘orange peel’ dimpling of the skin on the hips, thighs and buttocks of folks suffering from this condition. What is often not known is that cellulite can also form on the chest, back of the neck, stomach and back of the arms.

But how does this unsightly and unsettling condition begin- and why does it get worse after menopause?

The body contains three layers of fat. It is the top layer of fat (the subcutaneous layer) that is affected by cellulite.  This subcutaneous layer is comprised of fibrous connective tissue that resembles fine mesh. These fibers are known as septae.

Septae serve to form chambers in the skin that house fat cells and keep these fat cells tightly compacted. This compact fat then serves to provide insulation and structural support to the body.

New scientific findings reveal that PRIOR to menopause, cellulite is actually a condition comprised of two basic issues:  Decreased microcirculation deep in the skin tissues- and inflammation caused by free radical buildup and insufficient lymphatic drainage.

 There are also other possible conditions and circumstances that serve to exacerbate the condition. Some of these include: poor diet/sluggish digestion/no exercise/too much exercise and/or undiagnosed food sensitivities.   

AFTER menopause however, another factor kicks in to greatly exacerbate the condition. This factor being: the dreaded hormone imbalances that accompany the menopause process-chiefly excess estrogen.

We’ll take a closer look at this hormone connection in Part Two- and we think you’ll be amazed at what you learn!

By: Carrie E. Pierce and Menopauserus.com

Carrie has worked exclusively in the skin care, health and beauty industry for over 25 years.

She’s a licensed Aesthetician, is certified in Color Analysis and has built a solid, international reputation in the field of holistic, menopausal skin care; specializing in harmful cosmetic ingredients and industry practices.

She’s a recognized speaker and published writer- having written numerous articles in women’s health and beauty publications and she is Founder and President of Menopauserus.com- The ultimate natural help and support site for women in need of peri menopause and menopause relief.

It’s her mission to help make menopause ‘The Change for the Better’- for women everywhere!

 

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  • I’ve been enjoying the cellulite series. I really didn’t think there was a connection between menopause, changing hormones, and cellulite, so thanks!! I have done some digging around on the topic and found this article from Women to Women .. The best cellulite treatment — a holistic approach — all about to nurture the lymph system to reduce cellulite. Good stuff!