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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →