Lipedema: Learn About This Disorder That Can Cause Weight Gain by Joy Stephenson-Laws JD
There’s a relatively common fat disorder called lipedema, often mistaken for simple obesity. It is estimated to affect 10 to 17 million Americans with signature characteristics of a slim upper body with large hips and legs. Lipedema is often misdiagnosed and under recognized.
Lipedema expert Dr. Stanley Rockson, professor and researcher at Stanford University, uses the analogy of a bank to explain how the cells in lipedema patients work. “They’re a very unusual bank, because they accept deposits but no withdrawals,” he told NPR. Currently, the treatment options that are recommended for lipedema include:
- non-surgical treatments such as compression therapy, low-impact exercises and massage therapy
If you have concerns, always talk to your doctor. Enjoy your healthy life!