Four Stages of Lipedema
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Does this describe you?

  • Have you been gaining weight, particularly in the hips and thighs?
  • Is the weight evenly dispersed between the right and left side of your hips and thighs (symmetrical)?
  • Have you noticed diets and exercise do NOT affect the extra weight on your hips and thighs?
  • Did the weight gain change after puberty, childbirth or menopause?
  • Do your legs swell during the day but are relieved by elevation?

If you answered YES to one or more of the above questions, you may have a fat disease called Lipedema. This disease affects over 11% of adult women worldwide.


What is Lipedema

What is Lipedema

Lipedema was first formally identified in the U.S. at the Mayo Clinic in 1940 (1).  However, not much research and diagnosis criteria have been established to battle this adipose connective ...
Diagnosing Lipedema

Diagnosing Lipedema

Diagnosing Lipedema can be difficult as a couple other conditions present with similar symptoms, some of them in the same fat disorder family. Lipedema has frequently been misdiagnosed by clinicians ...
Lipedema Nutrition and Common Supplements

Lipedema Nutrition and Common Supplements

Today's modern diets and food sources often don't provide the proper level of macro and micro nutrients our bodies need to remain healthy.  We need these essential nutrients to sustain ...
Food is Medicine and Medicine is Food

Lipedema and Nutrition

Nutrition is the study of food and how it affects the health and growth of the body. Understanding how the nutrients in our food affect our growth, reproduction and survival ...
Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) for Lymphedema

Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) for Lymphedema

Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) for Lymphedema is the comprehensive commonly accepted practice for addressing lymphedema care.  By initiating the four stages of care - skin care, manual lymph drainage, compression ...
Four stages of Lymphedema

CDT: Compression Bandaging and Technologies

Compression bandaging, garments and technologies are a necessary part of the Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) treatment for Lipedema and Lymphedema. Applying and maintaining the correct compression solution has many proven ...
June is National Lipedema Awareness Month

June is National Lipedema Awareness Month

Lipedema (or Lipoedema as it is spelled in the European community) is a chronic progressive fat disease of connective tissue that affects more than 11% of women and less than ...
Lipedema Simplified Training

Lipedema Simplified Training

Webinar Catherine Seo, PhD, founded Lipedema Simplifed LLC in 2013 to try and find answers about her abnormal weight and body size issues.  Sound familiar?  In addition to great information ...
Keep Fighting For Your Life!


To All My Lippy Sisters, Today I feel compelled to write this story to help others understand the true nature of this lipedema disease and the devastating effects in can ...

Best Christmas Present Ever!

This has been the best Christmas present ever to myself!  It is my first personal update on my fight to regain my health.  As many of you know I have ...

Morbidly Obese Weight Loss Story Update – 95 Pounds Down!

I can't believe I am actually saying this, but I have successfully lost over 70 more pounds these past eight months on my quest for better health!!!  I have never ...
13 Strategies for Improved Health and Weight Loss [Lipedema]

13 Strategies for Improved Health and Weight Loss [Lipedema]

There are no miracle diets, pills or strategies for making unwanted weight disappear, nor to cure your chronic illnesses, such as Lipedema or Lipo-Lymphedema. Having said that, there are ways ...


Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) for Lymphedema

Do you have Lipo-Lymphedema (primary Lipedema with secondary Lymphedema), Lymphedema or unexplained edema?

Learn how a complete decongestive therapy (CDT) plan can help you get on the road to healing your body.


How did we get to 38% obesity epidemic levels? Find out the factors contributing to this staggering trend and what we can do about it!

A low carbohydrate or ketogenic way of eating has been shown to reduce significant inflammation and pain along with weight loss!

Factors Causing the American Obesity Epidemic

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Thank you so much for stopping by!  Hopefully you were able to find some great information to help you in your with your Lipedema, Lymphedema or Lipo-Lymphedema.