“Lipedema Awareness Month: Empowering Lives”

Pear ShapedWHAT IS LIPEDEMA?  

June is lipedema awareness month. Mayo Clinic first reported this disease in 1940, but the condition remains largely misunderstood and underdiagnosed, highlighting the need for greater awareness and support. Chances are, you’ve encountered someone with lipedema, or perhaps you’re personally familiar with this condition. Lipedema, a chronic condition that leads to fat accumulation, is a reality for many women. It primarily affects the lower part of the body but can also occur in the upper arms. Unfortunately, it is often mistaken for obesity and misdiagnosed. Women with lipedema may also suffer from easy bruising, sensitivity to touch, and pain. Commonly, there will be a disproportionate distribution of fat with a more petite upper body and a larger lower body. Continue reading

Solidea: An Alternative to Classic Compression

Solidea an alternative to classic compressionCompression For Lymphedema

In the many years I have worked with lymphedema and compression garments, I have learned that lymphedema is not a one-size-fits-all condition. Furthermore, what works for one person only sometimes works well for another. Lymphedema is a very individual disease with very unique requirements for individual people. Therefore, I am always searching for unique ways to address this issue. Some individuals don’t tolerate classic compression well, and one of the solutions I have found is textured compression garments. One of the most popular of these textured product lines is Solidea. The Compression Closet has been carrying the Solidea line for several years. Solidea is a great alternative to the classic Compression garment.  Therefore, we recently added several new Active Massage garments, including an Active Massage Compression Bra. Want to learn more? Continue reading

June is Lipedema Awareness Month

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 June is Lipedema Awareness Month. Therefore it is a great time to familiarize yourself with the differences between lipedema and lymphedema if you, or someone you know, is affected by either of these conditions. Lipedema is a medical condition that affects fatty tissue. Most often, this occurs in the arms and legs, leading to swelling, discomfort, and difficulty in mobility. On the other hand, lymphedema is caused by a physical change to the lymphatic system resulting in swelling of the affected areas and reduced range of motion.  Continue reading

Getting Grounded: Physically & Emotionally

Pattie Cornute_lipedema fitnessSPECIAL GUEST POST

We’re excited to partner with Pattie Cornute this week! Pattie will share her story of returning from her lowest point to a place of centeredness and grounding. How she regained her emotional and physical strength through exercise. Pattie is the founder of Lipedema Fitness. A website that specializes in using fitness to manage lipedema. I hope you enjoy this special guest blog post and that you gain inspiration and courage through Pattie’s story. I know I did! Continue reading

HEALING THROUGH CREATIVITY

INTRODUCING KATHRYNKathryn Hack

I love discussing self-care, especially for chronic diseases like lymphedema or lipedema. Through the various social media outlets, I have discovered some incredible people who have found ways to incorporate the best self-care, love, and acceptance for themselves and their diseases. Some of them are so inspirational that I have to share them. I hope that they will inspire you to practice more self-care in your life. Today, I’d like to introduce you to Kathryn and how she found healing and acceptance through her creativity. Here’s her story; enjoy! Continue reading

NEW RESOURCES [Lipedema Simplified]

lipedema front and backSO MUCH MORE THAN JUST COMPRESSION FOR LYMPHEDEMA

Have you checked out our Lymphedema Resource Page yet? We want our website to be more than just a place to purchase great compression garments for lymphedema. Specifically, we are creating a go-to place for all things lymphedema, from garments to informational articles to resources for those dealing with lymph disorders.

Are you looking for more information, resources, and connections? Under the Lymphedema Blog tab, you will find informative articles to help you better navigate the world of lymphedema. Under the Lymphedema Resource button, you will find connections to fabulous products and people serving the lymphedema community. New to our Resource Page is Lipedema Simplified. This resource gives you community, fellowship, and further education about lipedema. Continue reading

Lipedema or Obesity?

WHY ARE MY LEGS SO FAT?

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Do your legs seem disproportionately large compared to the rest of your body? If you bent over at the waist, would your bottom half be significantly more significant than the top half of your body? Do you have what some people would call a pear-shaped figure? Are your legs thick and column-like without much definition at the knees? Do your feet appear average size like the weight stops at your ankles? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have a disease called lipedema. Even though lipedema affects 11% of the adult female population in the US, it is often misdiagnosed and misunderstood. Continue reading

LIPEDEMA

WHAT IS LIPEDEMA?  

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Photo credit: Lipedema Simplified

You’ve probably seen someone with lipedema. You may even know someone who has it but has been unaware of the disease. Lipedema is a chronic condition that causes fat accumulation, most often in the lower part of the body. However, it can also occur in the upper arms. It is a condition that almost exclusively occurs in women. Lidpedmea is often confused with obesity and is frequently misdiagnosed. Women with lipedema may also suffer from easy bruising, sensitivity to touch, and pain. Commonly, there will be a disproportionate distribution of fat with a more petite upper body and a larger lower body. Mayo Clinic first reported this disease in 1940, but the condition remains largely misunderstood and underdiagnosed.

The exact cause of this condition is unknown, and it may be that it has many reasons. Heredity seems to be a significant factor in this disease. A family history of lipedema is often noted, and potential genes associated with the condition have been recently identified. Female hormonal changes during puberty, pregnancy, and perimenopause also seem to play a role in this condition. Other hormones, such as insulin and thyroid hormones, may also be involved. Continue reading