What is Lipedema?
Lipedema is one of the most poorly understood diseases around the globe. It is often under-diagnosed, misdiagnosed, or dismissed as obesity.
A chronic disorder of fatty tissue, it accumulates in the legs and, sometimes, in the arms and abdomen. If left untreated, it can cause multiple health problems such as painful mobility issues, low self-esteem, and depression.
Lipedema occurs almost exclusively in women. According to an article published in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, it is believed to affect 1 in every 9 adult women. You are not alone!
While it can be inherited; most cases gradually develop during puberty, although it may develop or worsen due to trauma, such as surgery (i.e., hysterectomy), peri-menopause or pregnancy. To prevent your symptoms from getting worse – and to improve your quality of life – early diagnosis of lipedema is vital.