WARNING: Spanx May be Squishing Your Guts

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All I want to do is help you to live a healthier life. Is that so wrong?  This morning, after reading a headline and several sentences of a HuffingtonPost article about Spanx, I took to the airwaves to warn the masses.

The article asked three professionals about the effects of Spanx, including gastroenterologist Dr. John Kuemmerle, dermatologist Dr. Maryann Mikhail and chiropractor Dr. Karen Erickson.  According to the professionals, wearing Spanx can compress your stomach, intestine and colon and could be the cause of acid reflux and heartburn.  In extreme cases, the pressure of Spanx may even cause erosive esophagitis.

Dr. Kuemmerle also notes that people with stomach issues such as irritable bowel syndrome or incontinence can see their symptoms increase with the use of the shapewear. “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.”

Who knew Spanx were such beloved and complicated contraptions?

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