WINTER SAFETY AND LYMPHEDEMA

WINTER SAFETY & LYMPHEDEMAWinter lymphedema

In the cooler winter months, lymphedema can be easier to deal with. Compression garments are more comfortable to wear in the cooler weather and swelling might not be as bad. Bug bites and sunburns are usually not an issue of concern, at least in the northern hemisphere. However, winter can present its own challenges. Here are just a few tips for winter safety and lymphedema. Continue reading

LIPEDEMA

WHAT IS LIPEDEMA?  

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You’ve probably seen someone with lipedema. You may even know someone who has it, but  have been unaware of their disease. Lipedema is a chronic condition that causes the  accumulation of fat 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 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 smaller upper body and a larger lower body. Mayo Clinic first reported  this disease in 1940, but the condition still remains largely misunderstood and under-diagnosed.

The exact cause of this condition is unknown and it may be that it has many causes. Heredity seems to be a major factor in this disease. 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