Lipedema is best described as a fat storage disorder. It’s a chronic condition that causes the development of a disproportionate accumulation of fat in the upper arms, knees, thighs and ankles. Lipedema affects millions of women around the world and is often misdiagnosed as lymphedema.
Lipedema typically causes the upper body to be much smaller in size compared to the lower body. The disproportionate weight and fat distribution can cause complications, including varicose veins and deteriorating joints. Lipedema also affects sufferers with general discomfort and pain.
Aside from extremely disproportionate fat and weight accumulation, Lipedema can also cause extra tissue to form around the ankles while leaving the feet untouched. Excess fat from Lipedema and tissue may appear to be resistant to exercise and diet interventions and almost exclusively affect women.
Aside from the physical impact Lipedema can have on a person’s body, negative psychological effects may stem from this condition, such as depression and lack of self-confidence.
Living with Lipedema can be a life-long battle and extremely debilitating, reducing quality of life. The pain, discomfort and self doubt it causes may require professional help. Treatment for Lipedema involves using highly specialized treatment protocols to ensure the best result. Aside from treating the physical limitations of Lipedema, treatment also focuses on mobility, quality of life, and self-image.