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Posted by: doreen | 2004/01/29

swollen legs and feet

My feet swell badly and the swelling extends to my knees. I have been examined by doctors and specialists and there is nothing wrong except for circulation and lymphatic drainage is impaired. It is uncomfortable and unsightly. I am 58 and overweight. Elimination of fat from my diet also eliminates the swelling. What can I do?

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Dear Doreen
Seeing that you have found that cutting out fat stops these distressing symptoms and as you mention that you are overweight, I would recommend that you try losing some weight. To lose weight you need to combine a weight loss diet with some form of exercise. Click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'Slimming Diet' for a copy of a low-fat, energy-reduced diet which you can use. As soon as you have started to lose weight and feel better, I would suggest that you try going for walks in the fresh air - slowly at first, but at increasing speed and for longer periods as your fitness improves. The walking will also counteract the oedema in the legs and improve circulation.
Best regards
DietDoc

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