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What is lipedema?

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Lipedema is  when fat is distributed in an irregular way beneath your skin, usually in the buttocks and legs. Although it begins as a cosmetic concern, it can eventually cause pain and other problems. Lipedema can be mistaken for regular obesity or lymphedema. Lipedema may affect up to 11% of women.

SOURCES:

Fat Disorders Research Society: "Lipedema Description."

National Lymphedema Network: "LymphLink Question Corner."

Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center: "Lipedema."

West Virginia University HealthCare: "Lymphedema."

Lymphology Association of North America: "What is Lipedema?"

UCDavis Health System: "Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage (MLD)."

University of Rochester Medical Center: "Lymphedema Therapy: Complete Decongestive Therapy."

Lymph: "Understanding Lipedema."

Film Team: "The Disease They Call Fat."

 

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 18, 2019

SOURCES:

Fat Disorders Research Society: "Lipedema Description."

National Lymphedema Network: "LymphLink Question Corner."

Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center: "Lipedema."

West Virginia University HealthCare: "Lymphedema."

Lymphology Association of North America: "What is Lipedema?"

UCDavis Health System: "Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage (MLD)."

University of Rochester Medical Center: "Lymphedema Therapy: Complete Decongestive Therapy."

Lymph: "Understanding Lipedema."

Film Team: "The Disease They Call Fat."

 

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 18, 2019

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