THE CHARACTERISTICS OF LIPEDEMA
Between 6 to 12 million women in American have lipedema; however, many of these women with it have not yet been diagnosed.
Lipedema is characterized by abnormal fatty deposits located just below the skin of the hips and legs down to the ankles.This swelling stops with a ring-like structure at the ankle.
STAGES OF LIPEDEMA
In the early stages of lipedema, nodules (small fatty lumps) develop within these tissues.
In the later stages of lipedema, lobulules (rounded fat deposits) develop within these tissues.
Lipedema is not caused by weight gain due to overeating.
In contrast, dieting does not cause lipedema weight to be lost.
Lipedema is not prone to the types of infections that are typical of lymphedema.
However, the swollen area below the ankles and on the feet, has the characteristics of lymphedema.
If the feet and ankles are also swollen, this combined condition is known as lipo-lipedema because it is a combination of the two conditions (lipedema and lipodema) are both present.
Tissues that are affected by lipo-lipedema, are also prone to being painful, to bruising easily, and to subcutaneous bleeding.
Early Stage Lipedema.
@ Lymph Notes.com
@ LymphNotes.com 2013. This information does not replace the advice of a qualified medical specialist physician.
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