How much do you love wearing tight jeans? And how much do you know about its health implications?
Last year, scientists reported a case in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, of a 35-year-old woman who was a victim of skinny jeans.
After spending some hours squatting to empty cupboards for a house move in Australia, her feet grew numb and it was difficult for her to walk. Afterwards, she collapsed and lay on the floor for hours before being able to crawl to the side of the road from where she hailed a taxi to take her to the hospital.
Doctors at the hospital had to cut the jeans off before they could be removed from her swollen legs. And after being examined, she was said to have developed compartment syndrome, caused by bleeding or swelling within an enclosed bundle of muscles, which happens with tight jeans.
She was unable to walk for some days while receiving medical treatments.
Another study which allegedly took place in the 1970s, on infertility among Swedish men, came out with the “Swedish Tight Pants Theory”, which alleged that lower sperm counts among Swedish men were to be blamed on the higher frequency of their wearing tight trousers.
It is widely believed that the risk of infertility in men due to tight trousers is caused by overheating of the crotch area, which can also lead to yeast and urinary tract infections in women.
Another way in which tight trousers can have negative effect on both men and women is by limiting the movement of the hip joints, which in turn causes the joint capsules to stretch, and has negative effect on the spine. And when the waist is too tight, you face certain health risks like reduction in lymph flow from your pelvis, poor circulation and improper immune system function. All these are due to the fact that the abdominal area, with all the organs there, is tightened.
So, while you are trying to be a fashionista, also remember it is more important to live healthier.