Did you know that cellulite is in our genes? And, by discovering if we have a cellulite genetic predisposition, we have power to fight against it?
Is cellulite genetic?
Let's start with the basics... Our skin is the largest and most external organ in our body, being in direct contact with the environment. It acts as a barrier protecting us and keeping the structure of our body intact. No need to say that our skin suffers every day the effects from external aggressors!
The way our skin changes during our lives is a complex process inﬂuenced mostly by UV radiation, air pollution, smoking, lack of nutrients and stress. All those issues can largely affect our skin health and speed the appearance of cellulite.
The development of cellulite also depends on many other factors including hormonal changes, gender, ethnicity, age, excessive weight, poor diet, lack of physical activity and dehydration.
So many things can cause cellulite, right?
Yes, but they are not all!
There is still one very important reason: our DNA! Our genes are decisive to the process of getting or not cellulite.
Scientists identified the genes ACE and HIF1A as major genetic contributors in cellulite development. They proved that who carries a mutation in the gene HIF1A has a 50% lower risk to develop cellulite before the age of 30 compared to individuals without this mutation!
Surprised? I was! So, people with a genetic mutation have actually an advantage concerning cellulite! By getting a simple saliva-based test, you can discover if you are so lucky to have such DNA.
How to avoid cellulite?
Cellulite is a typical accumulation of subcutaneous fat that results in a dimpled, lumpy appearance of the skin. We usually compare it to an “orange peel skin”. Normally, cellulite appears in the area of the thighs, hips and buttocks. Cellulite does not aﬀect our health, but every time we put our swimming suits in the summer, we wish we wouldn’t have them.
If by doing the test you will discover that your genes are not so favourable regarding cellulite, don't worry. You can act before the cellulite starts developing! That is the great advantage of knowing it.
If you have a cellulite genetic predisposition, learn how to avoid it by doing simple changes in your lifestyle:
• Follow a diverse and healthy diet.
• Skip foods with high sugar content because they cause the expansion of fat cells causing cellulite.
• Drink enough water. The more you hydrate your body, the better your blood circulation.
• Exercise regularly! Physical activities increase your blood ﬂow.
Interesting fact: did you know that cellulite is present 90% in women and 10% in men?
Do you know why this happens?
Because in women, collagen is arranged in vertical rows; while in men the fibres are more closely bound in a lattice pattern. This straight up and down distribution of collagen fibres is the major reason why women get cellulite and men don’t: fat passes up easier against a woman’s vertically arranged collagen fibres, forming cellulite skin!
So, no need to wait. Let's fight against cellulite before it starts showing it.