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What Causes Cellulite and Can It Go Away?

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola

what causes cellulite

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  • Cellulite, or the orange-peel dimpled skin on the surface of legs, buttocks and arms, affects nearly 90 percent of all women and 10 percent of men during their lifetime
  • Risk factors include a reduction of estrogen during menopause, hyperinsulinemia, prolonged sitting and an inactive lifestyle
  • Strategies to reduce the appearance, help prevent the development or halt the progression of cellulite include natural options, exercise, dietary changes and medical intervention

Cellulite is a normal occurrence, affecting almost 90 percent of women and 10 percent of men during their lifetime. On the surface, cellulite appears as lumpy or dimpled skin. However, the process of developing cellulite is more than skin deep.

The puckering of skin happens when the layer of fat beneath the skin pushes against connective tissue and bulges, causing the characteristic orange-peel or cottage cheese appearance. For women, the risk of developing cellulite increases with age and peaks near menopause.

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