What is Lipoedema?
Lipoedema is a chronic condition affecting almost exclusively women and generating an abnormal build-up of fat cells in legs, buttocks, and thighs.
Legs become enlarged from the ankles to the hips. The feet are generally not affected causing a sort of bracelet effect. Hands are not affected either, although arms can be
Lipoedema can bring a number of physical symptoms to the affected area, which generally:
- is soft and tender to touch
- bruises easily
Along with the physical symptoms, some psychological consequence can result in a low level of self-esteem due to the condition.
Causes of Lipoedema
The causes of Lipoedema are not know. Having said that, it is acknowledged that family history can play a role as well as hormones (typically Lipoedema occurs during adolescence or following a change in the level of hormones such as pregnancy or menopause