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How does obesity cause swelling of the legs?

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Obesity & swelling: There are two mechanisms by which obesity tends to cause leg swelling (edema). Excess weight tends to compress the veins that are supposed to take fluid out of your legs. Also obesity is usually associated with getting less exercise which is important for helping the veins to do their job. One final thought is that obesity is associated with an increased risk of clots which can cause leg swelling.
Dr. Seema Patel
Holistic Medicine 27 years experience
Obesity/leg swelling: Ironically, the larger one is the less water weight and more body fat they have. When the body's water mass falls to about 42% or lower, we see leg swelling as seen in many bariartic practicies with obese patient. Ddrink more water; get your water and fat mass checked . Water pills usually make this worse. The other mechanisms of less exercise and decreased venous flow can contribute as well.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

What are some causes of swelling of the legs?

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Dr. Ted King
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Many things: Varicose veins with chronic venous insufficiency, superficial thrombophlebitis, deep venous thrombosis, lymphedema, knee, hip, and/or ankle arthritis that prevents normal ambulation, obesity, prolonged standing, liver or kidney trouble, hypothyroidism, abnormal protein levels, all kinds of heart conditions that cause heart failure, the list is long and this doesn't cover everything by any means.
A 43-year-old member asked:

So what usually can cause swelling of the legs?

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Dr. Martin Linder
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Many causes: Bilateral leg swelling has many causes spanning benign as well as serious explanations. Venous circulatory problems, salt overload, infection, medication side effects, hormonal effects, heart, liver and kidney disease can all be responsible.

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