What is lipoedema?
Lipoedema is a condition of the fat and connective tissue. It mainly affects women, and often starts to develop around late childhood, puberty or times of hormonal change. Most people first notice changes in the shape of their legs and ankles.
Some possible signs of lipoedema:
- Fat tissue changes affecting the legs, buttocks, hip, tummy (abdomen) and/or upper arms
- Fat ‘bulges’ developing around the knees or at the hips for example
- Changes are usually equal on both side of the body
- Body may look out of proportion; the upper body is smaller than the lower body
- Waistline may be narrow in comparison to hips
- Feet and hands may not be affected
- The area may bruise easily, with broken blood vessels, and/or varicose veins.
Lipoedema in Scotland Report
Talk Lipoedema recently completed a project looking at lipoedema in Scotland, supported by the Scottish Government. If you would like to read more about our findings, you can download our Scoping Report.