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Signs and Symptoms of Lipedema

Lipedema is caused by a buildup of fatty tissue leading to pain and discomfort. The disease usually appears symmetrical in shape and size across both legs and, sometimes, arms.

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Lipedema almost exclusively occurs in women. The onset of lipedema signs and symptoms is often associated with weight gain that is mostly connected to hormonal changes - such as puberty, pregnancy, use of birth control pills, and menopause. There are a few signs and symptoms that are characteristic of lipedema:

Patients also report about bruises at the affected area, often without a known reason. However, this is not only typical for lipedema.

A proper diagnosis should always be made by an experienced healthcare professional (HCP). Unfortunately, lipedema is a disease that is often misunderstood or mistaken for lymphedema or obesity.

Lipedema can’t be treated, but early treatment and prevention of weight gain can reduce the risk of progression.

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