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Is there a cure for lipedema?

Up to 11 percent of women have lipedema. If you're one of them, you don't have to fret as there is  lipedema cure. 

What is lipedema?

Lipedema is a condition that involves the adipose tissue. Also known as the painful fat syndrome, lipedema is a poorly understood disease. It occurs when the fat is distributed irregularly beneath the skin. It may initially be a cosmetic concern but in the long run, lipedema can cause pain and other problems. 

The exact cause of lipedema is still unknown. However, doctors suspect that the female hormone has a role to play in its development. It usually affects women and begins or worsens during puberty, pregnancy, or during menopause.  

Some experts believe that genes may also play a role in the development of lipedema. Many women who have it have a family history of it.

Symptoms of Lipedema

Abnormal bilateral and symmetrical swelling of the legs and the hips that usually extend down the ankles are the most common symptoms of lipedema. The affected areas are usually tender and get easily bruised.  

Fat continues to build up as the condition progresses, resulting in a heavier lower body. Hence, it's common for those with lipedema to have smaller upper half and a larger lower half. 

When left unmanaged, lipedema can cause blockage of the lymphatic vessels, resulting in another condition called lymphedema. It can also lead to infections, scar-like tissue called fibrosis, and delayed wound healing. 

Treating Lipedema

Contrary to what many people believe, neither exercise nor dieting is a lipedema cure although both can keep the condition from getting worse. 

A treatment called complete decongestive therapy can help in easing the symptoms including the pain. This form of treatment usually involves: 

  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage 
    It's a special type of gentle massage that uses rhythmic movements to promote lymph movement around blocked areas. 

  • Compression Therapy 
    This involves the use of compression garments to increase the tissue pressure in the affected area. 

  • Liposuction 
    Certain types of liposuction such as the water-assisted and tumescent liposuction are effective in removing lipedema fat. Several sessions may be needed though to get rid of all lipedema fat. 

These are just some options you have when it comes to lipedema cure. Like other conditions, the earlier you treat lipedema, the better is its outcome.  

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Posted by: on 2/18/2018
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