Qu'est-ce que le lipœdeme

What is lipoedema?

What is lipoedema? : Definition

Lipoedema is a disorder of the appearance and distribution of adipose tissue. It is localized only on the lower and upper limbs.

It is accompanied by oedema and is generally associated with vascular fragility.

This pathology affects almost only women. Even though the origin of this disease remains little known. Unfortunately it is often under-diagnosed and little known by the medical profession, a genetic predisposition is assumed.

Often mistaken for obesity, lipoedema does not disappear with diet or sport. But a balanced diet and a regular sport practice (especially aquatic) improve life with lipoedema.

People suffering from this condition often feel misunderstood, adding psychological suffering to their physical suffering.

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What is lipoedema? : a hormonal origin

This chronic pathology is usually triggered by hormonal changes such as :

  • puberty,
  • pregnancy,
  • menopause

If the pathology is already present at the time of these events, it can lead to a worsening of the symptoms. Once established, lipoedema will be present for the rest of your life.

What is lipoedema? : clinical and radiological signs

It is important to quickly identify the condition. Check for clinical and radiological signs, and adapt your lifestyle and habits.

To find out more, please read our articles on the 5 types of lipoedema and our article on the 4 stages of lipoedema evolution.

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