According to "Everyday Health", Lipedema is a condition where fat builds up in the lower parts of the body. People with lipedema have a lot of trouble with their buttocks, thighs, and calves. As well, the upper arms may be harmed. The disease doesn't affect the hands or feet, so they don't get hurt.
Sometimes, lipedema and lymphedema are thought to be the same thing. However, they are not. It can also be caused by lipedema.
Causes and symptoms.
Lipedema's real cause isn't known. However, the disease can be passed down from one generation to the next. The disease mostly affects women and usually starts or gets worse after adolescence, pregnancy, or menopause.
Then, it's almost certain that hormones play a role. It is caused by fat, but most people who have lipedema are fat or obese. When you diet, you can lose weight in your upper body while your lipedema-affected areas stay the same. People who have lipedema can show signs and symptoms like the ones shown in this text.
1. Fat builds up in the buttocks, thighs, calves, and upper arms because of the way we eat. Diuretics, leg elevation, and support stockings don't help the areas that are hurting. Without having chronic venous insufficiency or lymphedema, the feet and hands aren't likely to swell up very much.
2. According to "Healthline", Lipedema can make it hard to walk as the condition gets worse.
3. As the bottom area of their bodies grows, many people with lipedema have emotional symptoms like embarrassment, anxiety, and depression because of this.
When fat builds up over time, it can clog the lymphatic route and make it hard to move. Because of this, lymph fluid builds up. It's called "secondary lymphedema," and it's also called "lipo-lymphedema."
It is important to manage and treat.
1. Changes in your life.
Having a heart-healthy diet can help stop the spread of lipedema, especially if it's found early on. Swimming, biking, and walking, in particular, are good for mobility and reducing edema because they help you move around.
2. Decongestive Therapy and Compression Therapy are two of the things that can help.
If your doctor thinks you should try noninvasive therapies, like:
As you might guess, manual lymphatic drainage therapy is a gentle way to stretch your skin and massage your lymphatic system.
Complex decongestive therapy involves the use of special wrapping methods.
There are three types of invasive therapies:
Liposuction can be used to reduce the size of fat deposits, but it's not a good idea. Wet-jet-assisted liposuction is less likely to hurt lymph vessels than total tumescent liposuction, so it is better. It might be best for you to have bariatric surgery if you have lipedema and are also overweight.
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