Did you know that a genetic mutation can be the cause of cellulite? And by knowing your cellulite genetic predisposition you can reduce the risk of developing it?
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 even when we are under 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 factors, right?
But they are not all! Is cellulite genetic?
Yes, indeed! 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? People with a genetic mutation have actually an advantage concerning cellulite!
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.
By discovering that your genes are not so favourable regarding cellulite, don't worry. You can act before the cellulite starts developing!
If you have a cellulite genetic predisposition, learn how to avoid it by doing 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.
Did you know that cellulite is present 90% in women and 10% in men?
Do you know why this happens? 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!