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.

Do I Have Lipedema?

You landed on this website because you’re concerned about your body and searching for an answer to your pain and discomfort. It’s important to understand that a number of factors are taken into consideration when making a formal diagnosis of this chronic fat disorder.

If you’re asking yourself if you have lipedema, consider whether or not any of these factors sound familiar to you:

  • You’re in pain and have trouble getting around.
  • Your legs and hips are disproportionately larger/fatter than your upper body.
  • You experience symmetrical enlargement of your legs (and sometimes, your arms).
  • Your skin is soft and may look like cellulite.
  • You bruise easily and spontaneously.
  • Other members of your family also have had similar symptoms.

Think You’re Dealing with Lipedema? Contact Us Today

Connect with a Specialist

Keep in mind that a final diagnosis of lipedema cannot be confirmed without a physical exam by an experienced lipedema doctor. The Lipedema Treatment Network (LTN) was created to expand the diagnosis and treatment of lipedema across the country. We make it easier for you to connect with not just any physician, but with a board-certified specialist, who is knowledgeable and experienced in treating lipedema in your area.

If you think you may be dealing with lipedema – if you’re tired of the pain, “fat shaming,” the frustration, and the depressing roller coaster of emotions – contact us today and let’s have a conversation.

An experienced and compassionate Lipedema Coordinator will respond to you within 24 hours to answer your questions, assess your situation, and your well-being. Then, you’ll be referred to the nearest LTN board-certified physician in your area for a private consultation and comprehensive evaluation.