What is Lipedema?
Lipedema; is a condition which occurs when the fat cells in the body retain water. While this condition can be hereditary, it often emerges following the 4 incidents. This disorder, which began to be diagnosed in German and Austria for the first time, is now known all around the world.
Why does Lipedema develop? Here some reasons to this question:
- Post-adolescence period
- Postnatal period
- Following genital disorders
Who develops Lipedema?
Lipedema is a condition experienced in women. Lipedema has stages. Firstly, upper legs get the shape of a column as the knee area begins to swell. In the progressing stages, it can move down to the ankle and lower leg, and then it can affect the upper parts of the body, as well.
Treatment of Lipedema
Lipedema can be treated with a couple of methods. The widely used remedy is diet and exercise that the person has to adopt as a life style. But, even though some relief can be achieved through a strict diet and exercise, the person can have some complaints, like “Even the water fattens me”, in the following stages. This is because the body stores all the nutrient it receives, as water in the fat cells.
The battle against Lipedema usually involves 2 methods:
- Nutrition & Exercise
- Aesthetical Operation
Since the diameter of the fat cells shrinks with nutrition and exercise, the rate of water retention is dramatically reduced. However, this condition can also begin to become a psychological problem in the people with Lipedema Stage 2 or above.
Even though some relief is achieved initially through massaging with hands, it may require intervention in the progressing stages.
What is the difference between Lipedema and Lymphedema?
Lymphedema means fluid accumulation in the lymph, which requires different types of treatments. But, lipedema can be intervened and extracted because it is simply a fluid accumulation in the fat cells and the treatment can give highly positive results in the long term.