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How To Prevent And Control Lymphedema

Try To Avoid Gaining Weight

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Extra fat requires more blood vessels. This creates more fluid in the arms and chest, and places a greater burden on the lymph vessels that are left. At least 2 studies have found that gaining weight after mastectomy is linked to a higher risk of lymphedema. Women who are more overweight (obese) were more likely to have severe lymphedema.

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