King Charles’ famously-fat fingers could be about to become even thicker since taking up the British Royal Family's top job.
In September, the Daily Star spoke to a health expert to discuss the King’s girthy digits, with a number of different possible causes given by Dr Gareth Nye.
He explained that while “loads of conditions” could be the cause, some of the more likely culprits were oedema (fluid retention) or arthritis.
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But, with the heightened responsibilities of being king rather than a prince, it is possible that a busier travel schedule could make them even puffier.
He is likely to spend more time travelling the Commonwealth, according toHello!which could further the impact on his fingers because digits are known to swell when people sit still for a long period of time because blood begins to pool.
Hotter climates, as are found in many of Commonwealth countries, can also make peoples’ fingers and toes swell.
Charles even dubbed his digits sausage fingers shortly after stepping off a plane in Australia in 2012.
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Discussing the underlying conditions that could be causing the thickness, Dr Nye exclusively told the Daily Star: "Oedema is a condition where the body starts to retain fluids in the limbs, normally the legs and ankles but also in the fingers which causes them to swell.
"Oedema is a common condition and mostly affects people over the age of 65 as the ability for fluid control is restricted.
"To see if this is the cause, pressing the swollen area for about 15 seconds would cause a depression in the area."
Discussing the possibility of arthritis, he said: "Arthritis – another common condition in the over 60s. It often affects three main areas in the hand – the thumb joint or either joint in the fingers.
"Fingers usually become stiff, painful and swollen and although medication can help with the pain, the swelling can remain.
"Uncommon causes may include high salt diet leading to fluid retention, certain medications can rarely lead to swelling as a side effect such as with blood pressure medications or steroid medications."
Flying with Rheumatoid Arthritis can be particularly uncomfortable because the extended periods of sitting still can cause joints to stiffen,Healthlinereports – as can stress and a lack of sleep.
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