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Dr. Jonie Girouard from The Girouard Centre for Weight Management.
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What your score means:
70%-100%: High likelihood of an under-diagnosed fat disorder called Lipedema. 

35%-69%: Possibility of an under-diagnosed fat disorder called Lipedema.

0%-34%: Unlikely presence of an under-diagnosed fat disorder called Lipedema. 

However, you might know someone who does have Lipedema. 
1 in 9 women have Lipedema and don't even know it.
What is Lipedema?
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Lipedema is a relatively common fat disorder, mainly affecting women, often mistaken for simple obesity. In reality, the clinical diagnosis is an adipose (fat or fatty) tissue disorder or a lipid metabolism disorder (processing of fat by the body). It is estimated to affect up to 11% (1 out of 9) women globally.

Typically, lipedema patients are women with large hips and legs, usually out of proportion to the rest of their bodies. Lipedema can also appear in the upper arms. Some women experience swelling, pain, bruising or sensitivity of their legs. One of the hallmarks of this disease is that lipedema fat is relatively resistant to genuine efforts at diet and exercise. These measures may lead to weight loss in other areas, but the size of the hips and legs remains disproportionately large.
Lipedema is a disorder of adipose tissue distinguished by five characteristics:
  •  It can be inherited,
  •  It occurs almost exclusively in women;
  •  It can occur in women of all sizes, from the seriously underweight to the morbidly obese;
  •  It involves the excess deposit and expansion of fat cells in an unusual and particular pattern – bilateral, symmetrical and usually from the waist to a distinct line just above the ankles; and
  •  Unlike the “normal” fat of obesity, lipedemic fat cannot be lost through diet and exercise.
Who is Affected?
Lipedema predominantly effects women only, though there are a few rare cases of it in men. Believed to be hormonal in nature, Lipedema usually is triggered at puberty, but can trigger or worsen during or after pregnancy, at peri-menopause, and following gynecological surgery or any surgery with anesthesia.

Estimates of the incidence of lipedema vary widely, and range as high as 11% of the post-puberty female population.
What does Lipedema Look Like?
Lipedema shows up primarily as disproportionately large, column-like legs. As lipedema progresses through it's 4 stages, patients become increasingly heavy in the lower body. The additional, expanding fat cells interfere with the pathways of lymphatic vessels, and patients can develop secondary lymphedema, a condition known as lipo-lymphedema. Lipedema fat can be very painful, and if not kept in check through a healthy lifestyle the condition can worsen, and patients can become progressively less mobile.
What Can Be Done?
Lipedema fat is different to normal fat in that it cannot be reduced by traditional diet or exercise programs. At present, there are two courses of treatment for lipedema.  The first is non-surgical conservative treatment which includes Comprehensive Decongestive Therapy (CDT), diet, exercise, emotional/psychological/social support.  Second is surgical and consists of specialized lymph-sparing liposuction performed by a surgeon trained in lipedema treatment.

Due to the unique nature of the disease it's recommended you see a medical professional with special interests in Lipedema or come along to one of our upcoming live events or webinars hosted by Lipedema doctors and professionals.
Special Invitation
Join us in person at our Christchurch Lipedema Evening at the ENC Conference Rooms in Kaiapoi, New Zealand at
6:00pm on June 12th 2019
Dr. Jonie Girouard
Kate Leech
Dr. Grant Bellaney
Hear from leading experts in the field of Lipedema.

Break free from the lie that your JUST fat, that it's your fault for not eating right, not exercising enough and understand the ACTUAL steps you can take to treat and live with this condition.

With over 60 years medical experience, Dr Jonie, Kate and Dr Grant will cover what you need to know to positively move forward with real options and solutions.
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***DISCLAIMER: Lipedema Quiz and other materials provided are for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for in clinic medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, dietary supplement, exercise, treatment, or other health programs. The Girouard Centre, and Dr Jonie Girouard, and our other contributors are not responsible for any adverse effects resulting from your use of or reliance on any information contained in these materials and any website linked to our ongoing work. Information presented is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent lipedema, lymphedema or any other disease. The creators, producers, presenters, faculty, and distributors of this material disclaim any liabilities or loss in connection with the information herein.
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