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Most shapewear are tight. They don’t serve their purpose if they aren’t tight. Generally it is a safe and quick way to get a smooth silhouette. Just don’t get carried away in your quest for awesome curves. The following are some health risks of tight shapewear.
=When you wear shapewear, you’re compressing your organs=
Shapewear can’t do its job if it wasn’t tight. Unfortunately, this leaves your stomach, intestine and colon compressed, which Dr. John Kuemmerle (gastroenterologist) says can worsen acid reflux and heartburn. Restrictive clothing can also provoke erosive esophagitis.
Your digestive tract is also affected, explains Dr. Karen Erickson (chiropractor). The intestines are supposed to contract and move food along, but when they’re compressed over a long period of time, the flow of digestion is stifled. “It’s like when people eat a huge meal and then unbuckle their jeans,” Dr. Kuemmerle says. This damage, though not permanent, can lead to unpleasant symptoms like abdominal discomfort, bloating and gas.
Those with functional bowel disorders and irritable bowel syndrome should wear shapewear with caution. “In someone who has weakness down below and a tendency towards incontinence,” Dr. Kuemmerle explains, “increasing intra-abdominal pressure can certainly provoke episodes of incontinence.”
Dr. Erickson also notes that there can be a tendency for those wearing shapewear to not to want to go to the bathroom. “You’ve got all of this pressure on your bladder from the shapewear pressing down,” she says. “If you postpone urinating, itcan cause stress incontinence, where you leak, or it can exaggerate stress incontinence with people who already have it.”
=Constriction may cause blood clots=
This constriction happens mainly when wearing shapewear on your lower body. There is an elastic band where the shapewear ends, on either the calves or thighs. Sometimes these bands can be too tight thus squeezing the calves or thighs hence restricting blood flow to these areas.Loss of blood flow may result in swelling of the legs. In extreme cases, loss of blood flow can cause blood clots in the legs which can travel to other parts of the body.
When you inhale, your diaphragm expands and your abdomen flares out, Dr. Erickson says, but shapewear restricts this movement and decreases the excursion in respiration.An extremely tight garment squeezes the lungs, causing your lungs to have difficulty expanding enough to take in a proper amount of oxygen. Some women have even fainted in extreme cases.
=You can develop tingling, numbness and pain in your legs=
Sitting in shapewear can lead to a reversible condition called meralgia paresthetica, which is when the peripheral nerve in your thigh is compressed. This leads to tingling, numbness and pain in your legs, all of which can come and go or become constant. “It’s like putting these giant rubber bands around your upper thighs and tightening them when you sit,” Dr. Erickson says. (She’s also seen this condition in those who wear too-tight pantyhose and pants.)
This rubber band effect can also decrease your circulation and lead to blood clots. When you sit in shapewear, Dr. Erickson explains that those genetically prone to varicosities can develop varicose veins and lymph congestion, which manifests as swollen ankles.
=Your muscles will suffer if you rely on shapewear for good posture=
“Shapewear is not a substitute for having strong muscles,” Dr. Erickson says. It’s important to develop muscle tone, because it’s those muscles that hold your posture in perfect alignment. Many people use shapewear as a crutch to avoid using those muscles, Dr. Erickson says.
And don’t be fooled into thinking that shapewear works like a medical back brace. “Shapewear’s a little different in that it’s not therapeutically designed — it’s cosmetically designed,” she explains.
=Can create an environment prone to infections=
Shapewear is occlusive, meaning it traps moisture and anything else under it, which predisposes shapewear wearers to both yeast and bacterial infections. Dr. Mikhail says that the most common infection she sees is folliculitis, since bacteria often gets trapped among hair follicles and causes red puss-filled bumps. “Usually folliculitis can be easily treated with topical antibiotics,” she says. “But recurrent infections may develop antibiotic resistance, meaning they get harder and harder to treat.”
Dr. Mikhail notes that the risks are higher in overweight individuals, diabetics and those who sweat excessively.
=Not getting adequate exercise=
A good physical appearance tends to mislead us into skipping exercise. We’d procrastinate delaying exercise. That said, it is important to note that women and men needs adequate exercise to keep the heart healthy, control cholestorol levels and for bone health.