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.
Between 6 to 12 million women in American have lipedema. It is possible that many more women have this condition but have not yet been diagnosed.
THE STAGES OF LIPEDEMA
In the early stages of lipedema nodules, which are small fatty lumps, develop within these tissues.
In the later stages of lipedema lobulules, which are rounded fat deposits, develop within these tissues.
Lipedema is not caused by a 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.
The swollen area below the ankles on the feet, does have the characteristics of lymphedema.
When both the feet and ankles are swollen, this condition is known as lipo-lipedema .
The tissues affected by lipo-lipedema are also prone to being painful, bruising easily, and subcutaneous bleeding.
Early Stage Lipedema.
@ Lymph Notes.com
@ LymphNotes.com 2013. This information does not replace the advice of a qualified physician.
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