Skinny Jeans – High Fashion or Health Hazard?
As high fashion goes, skinny jeans make the top of the list. However, they also pose a health risk to both men and women. Evidently there has been a rise in a variety of health problems associated with wearing tight fitting jeans.
According to the UK’s Telegraph Newspaper, some of the problems reported are twisted testicles, low sperm count, fungal infections, bladder weakness and urinary tract infections. The NY Daily News reported that women who wore skinny jeans increase their risk of vaginal yeast infections. Both sexes are subject to numbness and tingling sensations of the thigh. They Mayo Clinic reported that the thigh tingling sensation is caused by nerve compression.
The biggest health risk of wearing skinny jeans is a little problem called Meralgia Paresthetica. This is a condition that causes pain, tingling, burning sensations or numbness in the front and side of the thigh. What happens when you wear skinny jeans is that it can cause the artery inside your thigh and the nerve next to it to be squeezed together which in turn prohibits the blood to flow to the tissue.
The effects may be reversed by removing the skinny jeans to relieve the discomfort, but the pain and tingling can sometimes take months to completely go away. There have been cases where surgery may be required.
Want to know if your skinny jeans are too skinny? Dr. Oz has a simple test: if you can fit a marker inside your front pocket comfortably, then you should be okay. If not, then go up a size or a less form fitting pair. To avoid the health risks ensure there is room in the groin area and that the jeans feel comfortable so that you’re not restricted. We all want to look good, but at what cost? Think about it. Cheers to your health!
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