This is for all of you who’ve said or been told, “Oh, you’re just overweight. Eat less, exercise…it’s just too much fat and you can get rid of it easily.” Obesity or being overweight is one thing, but lipedema is a genetic disorder and NO amount of dieting, exercise, or diuretics will cure it. Women who are anorexic get it. Women of all sizes get it. It’s genetic, and if a female ancestor of yours had it, you have a greater chance of getting it, too.
There are no medications you can take for lipedema, which may also be one reason why the U.S. medical community isn’t interested in doing much about it. They can’t make a ton of money on this through drugs, for one reason.
Even if you have the tumescent liposuction in Europe, this disorder can take over again. And, worse yet, it can take over your ENTIRE body…you could literally starve yourself and it would STILL take over. Lipomas will form, the lymphatic system is compromised, you will bruise easily because the vascular system is also compromised, and if you are lucky, you might be able to hold at stages 1 or 2 (I am currently at stage 2).
Usually it’s not caught early because women are just advised to ‘diet and exercise.’ Well, if you’re traditionally overweight, that’s fine. But this is NOT the same thing. This is a GENETIC DISORDER, WITH UNKNOWN CAUSES (BUT THOUGHT TO BE HORMONAL IN NATURE).
So, before you judge women, you should know what you’re talking about. Only a few men have gotten this disorder, but roughly 11% of the population of U.S. women have lipedema. Most go undiagnosed, because they’re told, “Oh, you’re just overweight!” No…this is NOT the same thing, folks. That’s like telling a diabetic to just regulate their sugar by using mind control.
Please watch enlightening video. Update what you THINK you know about some people — me included. Because while there are many horses out there (people who are simply overweight), there’s a group of zebras, like me, who have a genetic disorder that causes pain, swelling, bruising, mobility issues, and other uncomfortable things.
Increasing lipedema and lymphedema awareness is important so that, someday, women who may have it can get diagnosed before they’re well onto their way to the latter stages of the disease.”