The Fat That's Not Your Fault
Lipedema is a fat disorder that affects 11 percent of all women. One in 10 women struggles with this disorder, which causes fat to abnormally distribute in areas of the body like the abdomen, buttocks, hips, legs, and occasionally the arms.
For reasons not yet known, fat becomes irregularly distributed beneath the skin in the aforementioned areas, most commonly in the legs, and is associated with tissue swelling and inflammation. While rare cases have been seen in men, it’s almost exclusively found in women (99%). Research reveals there may be a genetic component to the disease as cases are found in families across generations of women.
Dr. Lindy McHutchison, M.D., an OB-GYN, a vein and lymphatic specialist, founder of The Lipedema Center and medical director of the Carolina Vein Center in Durham, is on a mission to educate the public about this often under-diagnosed and unfamiliar condition. While there is still much to discover about lipedema's cause and a potential cure, McHutchison is empowering and managing patients for this painful fat syndrome called lipedema — the fat that is not their fault.
1 in 10 women have this condition - two lipedema patients share their stories
Lipedema is a fat disorder that affects roughly one in 10 women, yet many are unfamiliar with the condition and are unaware they even have it. Two women with lipedema share their stories about the fat condition they're living with that isn't their fault.
What is lipedema? All about the fat that's not your fault
Lipedema is a fat disorder that affects 11 percent of all women. While there are still a lot of unknowns about this chronic condition, a local doctor is making it her mission to treat women with lipedema who are suffering from painful fat that isn't their fault.
Doctor launches first research center of its kind to help women with chronic fat disorder
Lipedema is a chronic fat disorder that affects one in 10 women and is often called the "Painful Fat Syndrome." Locally esteemed vein doctor, Dr. Lindy McHutchison, launched the first lipedema research center of its kind in collaboration with renowned lipedema researcher, Dr. Karen Herbst.