WHAT IS LIPEDEMA

Lipedema is a chronic condition that occurs almost exclusively in women and manifests as symmetrical build-up of painful fat and swelling in the limbs, sparing the hands and feet. Leg and arm size can vary between individuals and the condition can gradually get worse over time. Lipedema affects almost 10% of women worldwide.

A critical issue is the poorly understood disease biology, which for diagnosed patients result in limited treatment options. Patients with lipedema are impacted by the absence of diagnostic tools, the lack of public and medical awareness and the stigma associated with weight gain.

Symptoms often start during puberty, after childbirth or menopause. Typical symptoms are a feeling of heaviness to the legs or arms, strong pain and easily bruised skin.

Lipedema is often diagnosed as obesity and sometimes mistaken for lymphedema.

Many patients with lipedema are suffering from pain and limitations in daily life.

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