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Is Double Chin A Sign Of Some Underlying Health Problem?

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Double chin is associated with sleep apnea syndrome where the walls of the throat relax and narrow during sleep, interrupting normal breathing. A lowered position of the hyoid bone poses a health risk because the hyoid bone is responsible for the upward and downward motion during swallowing and eating which may be caused by double chin.

Double chin refers to the layer of subcutaneous fat around the neck that sags down. It is very common among obese people and the elderly. Double chin is generally considered as a cosmetic problem. However, they can also cause several serious health risks if left untreated.

Do double chin problems involve health risks?

Here are the two main health problems associated with double chin.

Sleep Apnea Syndrome

The first danger of a double chin is the fact that it can be associated with sleep apnea syndrome. Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a condition where the walls of the throat relax and narrow during sleep, interrupting normal breathing. It increases the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure (hypertension).

Hyoid Bone Degeneration

Aging is a major factor in contributing to double chin due to the weakening muscles and skin, thereby making the hyoid bone more apparent. Weak muscles can indeed lower the position of the hyoid bone, making it look like a double chin. This is very different from the double chin caused by obesity. A lowered position of the hyoid bone poses a health risk because the hyoid bone is responsible for the upward and downward motion during swallowing and eating. A lowered hyoid bone can cause this process to fail and may make the foods go into the windpipe instead. Foreign materials like food and liquid going to the windpipe or airways leading to the lungs can cause lung inflammation, which is medically called “Pulmonary Aspiration”. This is very dangerous and can cause choking as well as  increase the  risk of Pneumonia.

Causes of Double Chin

A double chin occurs when a subcutaneous sheet of fat around your neck sags and causes a wrinkle.

  • Hereditary: Many suffer from a hereditary predisposition to double chin, some naturally retain too much water in the chin area, and others naturally store excess fat.
  • Age: As you age, you lose muscle, so the muscles in your chin weaken, and your skin grows looser (Medical News Today: What’s the Skinny on Fat Removal).
  • Excess Body Fat: Some people carry fat on the chin more easily than anywhere else, and obesity and double chins go hand in hand.

Home Remedies for Double Chin

You can treat your double chin at home with regular massage and chin exercises.

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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Heather Marie
Heather Marie 5pts

Remove yourself from the couch watching CSI and eating Doritos!

Keirra Keenan
Keirra Keenan 5pts

It's a sign of getting older for most people. ..

Eli Hernandez
Eli Hernandez 5pts

Not huffing and puffing from exercise, get to it

Sha Kan
Sha Kan 5pts

Fairly reckless article considering can create paranoia and could waste your doctors time.

Jay Pullani
Jay Pullani 5pts

I used to exercise pre-chin, for many years, and still got a dropped chin urgh!