Lipedema: No, it’s not a typo. It’s a real condition that’s often overlooked or confused with lymphedema. And its hallmark is the development of too much fat below the waist.
“Because women with lipedema are often overweight, doctors are often dismissive,” says vascular medicine specialist John R. Bartholomew, MD. But lipedema is not obesity, and it’s not always a woman’s fault that she has it.
“Doctors often don’t understand that exercising and dieting won’t get rid of this lipedema fat,” he says.
Lipedema means “fluid in the fat” and is sometimes known as the painful fat disorder. It causes excessive fat deposits on the legs, thighs and buttocks and upper arms.
It is possible to get rid of lipedema, but the condition must be managed over a long period of time. For example, patients can treat the condition with a liposuction procedure, but it is necessary to keep managing the condition. To do so, patients must follow the appropriate diet and avoid severe weight gain.