What causes extremely fat legs?

It's caused by a problem with the lymphatic system (a network of vessels and glands that help fight infection and drain excess fluid from tissues). Sometimes, a build-up of fluid can cause the legs, ankles or feet to become swollen. This is called oedema. In lipoedema, the feet are not usually affected.
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What medical condition causes fat legs?

Lipedema means “fluid in the fat” and is sometimes known as the painful fat disorder. It causes excessive fat deposits on the legs, thighs and buttocks and upper arms.
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How do I get rid of lipedema on my legs?

Liposuction is the only treatment available to lipedema patients that eliminates the troublesome fat deposits from the legs, hips, buttocks, stomach, and/or arms. Liposuction enables doctors to improve the look of the legs and restore better mobility for the long-term.
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What do lipedema legs look like?

If you are affected by lipoedema: your legs appear symmetrically swollen – swelling can occur from the hips down to the ankles and your legs appear column-like; the feet are not usually affected. affected areas feel 'spongy' and cool and the skin is generally soft and subtle. you bruise easily in the affected areas.
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How do I know if I have lipedema or just fat?

The fat itself is also different. Fat accumulation associated with being overweight is smooth with a rubbery texture. Lipedema fat is marble-like, knotty, or feels like little pearls to the touch.
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Why are my legs so fat and lumpy?

Anatomy of cellulite

As fat cells increase, they push up against the skin. Tough, long connective cords pull down. This creates an uneven surface or dimpling, often referred to as cellulite. Cellulite is a very common, harmless skin condition that causes lumpy, dimpled flesh on the thighs, hips, buttocks and abdomen.
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Can you lose weight in your legs with lipedema?

Lipoedema patients can lose weight too. The legs will still look different to the upper body, even after weight reduction, but the symptoms are reduced.”
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Do I have lipedema or just fat legs?

Fat feels abnormal and painful.

Unlike normal fat accumulation, fat areas resulting from lipedema tend to be very tender if you apply pressure and may be easy to bruise. The fat deposits can also hurt for no apparent reason, and the skin can become less elastic feeling.
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Does lipedema go away?

There's currently no cure, but there are things that can help and stop it getting worse. Your treatment will depend on how severe your symptoms are and how they're affecting you. The main treatments are: eating healthily, doing more exercise and trying to maintain a healthy weight.
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Is lipedema life threatening?

Despite its significant impact on the quality of life, lipedema does not represent a life-threatening or limb-threatening condition. Although there is no specific cure, lipedema can be well-managed like many other chronic health concerns.
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What are the signs of lipedema?

The main symptom of lipedema is a buildup of fat in the arms and legs. Other symptoms include pain, swelling, loose skin, and easy bruising. The texture of fat beneath the skin can feel like peas, rice, or walnuts. Symptoms often begin at times of hormonal change, such as puberty, pregnancy, and menopause.
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Is lipedema an autoimmune disorder?

For some women it is impossible to lose weight because of an under-diagnosed autoimmune disorder many people have never heard of called lipedema. Los Angeles-based surgeon Dr. Jaime Schwartz diagnosed Cruz with the condition. As many as 1 in 9 women may suffer from the condition, according to Dr.
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Can lipedema be reversed?

Lipedema is a chronic condition with no cure. At Stanford, we offer therapies and surgery to improve symptoms, reduce leg size, and provide ongoing care and management. Surgical treatment (tumescent liposuction and reductive surgery) is the most effective treatment to remove the fatty tissue.
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What are the 5 types of lipedema?

Five Types of Lipedema
  • Type I – affects the buttocks.
  • Type II – affects the buttocks, hips, and thighs.
  • Type III – affects the buttocks, hips, thighs, calves.
  • Type IV – affects the arms.
  • Type V – affects the calves.
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What causes thigh fat in females?

The main culprit behind weight gain in your thighs is estrogen. This hormone drives the increase in fat cells in females, causing deposits to form most commonly around the buttocks and thighs.
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What kind of doctor do you see for lipedema?

Vascular surgeons, in fact, are one of the few medical professions where you can find Lipedema diagnosis and management as a core requirement of their advanced medical training programs. A vascular medicine specialist will carefully consider differentiating Lipedema vs lymphedema and also from other conditions.
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How can I improve the lymphatic drainage in my legs?

Start at the top of your leg. Place one hand on the inside of your leg and one hand on the back of your leg, without straining your wrist, hand or arm. Gently stretch and release the skin from the inside of your leg towards the side of your leg and up towards your hip. Shift your hands lower on your leg and repeat.
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Will losing weight reduce leg swelling?

Simple lifestyle changes — such as exercise and weight loss — also can help reduce or prevent swelling while also improving your overall health, says Dr. Botek.
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What is the cause of elephant legs?

It's caused by parasitic worms, and can spread from person to person through mosquitoes. Elephantiasis causes swelling of the scrotum, legs, or breasts. Elephantiasis is considered a neglected tropical disease (NTD). It's more common in tropical and subtropical areas of the world, including Africa and Southeast Asia.
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What foods to avoid if you have lipedema?

Starve lymphedema and lipedema by avoiding added sugars (especially fructose), refined grains (especially grains containing gluten), and chemically modified fats. Limit animal products and high-salt foods. Avoiding dairy (other than kefir and yogurt) appears to help with lipedema.
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Is there a test for lipedema?

The tissue tenderness that is characteristic of lipedema can be checked with the pinch test, which is often felt as very unpleasant in the affected areas but causes no pain elsewhere.
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Does walking help lipedema?

Aerobic exercises such as swimming, walking and cycling are especially recommended because they increase lymphatic drainage and improve blood flow through the affected limbs.
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How can I make my legs thinner naturally?

  1. Stand and tighten your stomach muscles.
  2. Move one leg forward like you're stepping forward.
  3. Lean ahead like you're about to kneel so that each knee is at a 90-degree angle.
  4. Put weight back onto your heel to return to your original stance.
  5. Repeat on one leg as many times as is comfortable.
  6. Repeat on your other leg.
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How do you lose weight with lipedema?

However, healthy eating is very important for people with lipedema as the growth of normal fat is thought to promote lipedema fat growth. Lymph sparing tumescent liposuction and water jet assisted liposuction are the only methods that are known to reduce the number of lipedema fat cells at this time.
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