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Diet & Lipedema

photo of a piece of salmon | Omega 3's found in fish help lipedema

While lipedema is an actual medical condition, that is not the fault of the person who has it, diet can significantly affect the inflammatory responses within the body. There are studies showing that the Mediterranean diet could serve as an anti-inflammatory dietary pattern, which could help to fight the diseases related to chronic inflammation, including metabolic syndrome. This diet consists of fruits and vegetables, nuts, olive oil, beans, legumes and fish and is moderate in alcohol and lean red meat. Foods to avoid include processed meat, fried foods, refined carbohydrates and whole-fat dairy products.

Many of the foods consumed by Americans consist of toxins, heavy salt and sugar which can can have effects on hormones. Many illnesses, such as heart disease and diabetes, in addition to lipedema, have been proven to have been caused from over processed food and high calorie, and sugar laden diets.  In all instances, diet can play a huge role in preventing disease and help keep it from getting worse. There is also evidence to support the idea that diet can lessen, or prevent further symptoms including lipedema patients. While you can’t diet lipedema away, keeping caloric intake within recommended daily amounts, watching what you eat and adding moderate exercise can yield beneficial results.

Dr. Marcia Byrd is well aware that many of her patients are tired of hearing that they need to go on a diet and exercise. While the WAL liposuction treatment can help alleviate some of the pain, and reduce fat in the affected areas, patients still need to help in their treatment which means they must watch what they eat and increase daily activity.