Lipedema: What is it?
Lipedema is a condition that causes excess fat to accumulate in the lower part of the body. It most often involves the buttocks, thighs and calves. The upper arms can also be affected. Lipedema, known as lipoedema in Europe, is a chronic disorder of the adipose tissue generally affecting the legs, which causes the legs, and sometimes the arms, to accumulate fatty tissue.
This unequal distribution of fatty tissues can cause great physical and emotional pain and discomfort for people suffering with this disorder. It is greatly misunderstood and much is still unknown about Lipedema.
Who is Likely to get it?
The exact cause of lipedema is unknown but there may be a genetic link to it. Lipedema runs in families and may be inherited. The condition occurs mostly in women, and usually starts or gets worse at the time of puberty, pregnancy or menopause which makes researchers believe there is a hormonal connection.
Treatments for Lipedema
- Anti-Inflammatory Diet
- A gentle form of skin stretching/massage called manual lymphatic drainage therapy
- Special wrapping techniques called complex decongestive therapy
- Liposuction, specifically water-assisted liposuction and tumescent liposuction, can remove the lipedema fat.