DO YOU HAVE LIPEDEMA?
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Do you have BIG LEGS, excess fat in your thighs/legs, hips, buttocks, and/or upper arms? Do you have ankle cuffs? Do you have saddlebags? Are your legs tender or painful to the touch? Do you bruise easily? Do you have fat nodules, or fat pads, or lobules around your knees or thighs? You may have been told that you are fat, but you might have a little known and generally misdiagnosed fat disorder known as lipedema.
The following 9 questions can help you determine if you might have lipedema. Early detection, treatment and management can prevent the progression of lipedema.
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What is lipedema?
Lipedema is a relatively common fat disorder, mainly affecting women, often mistaken for simple obesity. In reality, the clinical diagnosis is an adipose (fat or fatty) tissue disorder or a lipid metabolism disorder (processing of fat by the body). It is estimated to affect up to 11% (1 out of 9) women globally.
Typically, lipedema patients are women with large hips and legs, usually out of proportion to the rest of their bodies. Lipedema can also appear in the upper arms. Some women experience swelling, pain, bruising or sensitivity of their legs. One of the hallmarks of this disease is that lipedema fat is relatively resistant to genuine efforts at diet and exercise. These measures may lead to weight loss in other areas, but the size of the hips and legs remains disproportionately large….(more info emailed to you!)
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DISCLAIMER: “Is It Lipedema?” Quiz and other materials provided are for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, dietary supplement, exercise, treatment, or other health programs. Lipedema Simplified, LLC, The Lipedema Project, The Friedman Center, and our other contributors are not responsible for any adverse effects resulting from your use of or reliance on any information contained in these materials and any website linked to our ongoing work. Information presented is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent lipedema, lymphedema or any other disease. The creators, producers, presenters, faculty, and distributors of this material disclaim any liabilities or loss in connection with the information herein.
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About The Friedman Center
The Friedman Center for Lymphedema Research and Treatment at The Center for Advanced Medicine at Northwell Health in New York was founded in 2013. Its focus has been on offering solutions for patients with lymphedema, a debilitating condition that occurs in many patients after cancer treatment.
The Friedman Center’s scope of care now includes treatment for lipedema, a condition that can also result in lymphedema. To that end, the Friedman Center has created the Lipedema Project, a comprehensive program to increase awareness and provide education, research, and treatment for lipedema. The Friedman Center is proud to sponsor the lipedema documentary, The Disease They Call FAT, the 1st International Symposium on Lipedema, the Lipedema Think Tank, the Lipedema Solutions Forum for women with lipedema in April 2015 and online course for physicians, providers, and patients.