When we eat healthily, we feel fitter, sleep better, and have more energy throughout the day. Lipoedema patients in particular should be careful to maintain or reduce their weight. They can benefit greatly from preventing obesity through a balanced diet. However, it is important to stress that having Lipoedema definitely doesn’t mean that you are obese, something that health care professionals all too frequently misdiagnose.
Studies show that approximately 50% people with lipoedema struggle with being overweight.* As a result, their symptoms worsen. This can lead to increased water retention and mental stress.
Dieting is not the right approach with lipoedema. Instead strive for a conscious, balanced diet or nutritional change to achieve realistic results.
In addition to the five main pillars of CPD (Complex Physical Decongestion Therapy): Manual Lymph Drainage, Compression Therapy, Exercise, Skin Care, Self-Management, proper nutrition plays a very important role in supporting therapeutic success.
If you change your diet and become physically active, you can avoid or reduce the risk of becoming overweight. But this has little influence on the proliferation of fatty tissue on your extremities caused by lipoedema. Nevertheless, an adapted diet makes sense and can help to avoid secondary diseases related to being overweight.
Patients can reduce their discomfort and pain by up to 80 percent with a long-term dietary change. This was demonstrated by a study at the Centre for Vascular Medicine in Hamburg with obese lipoedema and lymphedema patients. In addition, less therapy was needed.**
A healthy and varied diet as well as sufficient liquid intake support positive therapy effects whilst counteracting possible complications.
*S1-Leitlinie Lipödem, AWMF Reg.-Nr. 037-012, Stand Oktober 2015. Online published on: http://www.awmf.org/leitlinien/detail/ll/037-012.html (Last accessed 03.05.2018).
**Faerber, G. Ernährungstherapie bei Lipödem und Adipositas – Ergebnisse eines leitliniengerechtes Therapiekonzepts. vasomed 2016;4:176-177. Online published on: www.der-niedergelassene-arzt.de/fileadmin/user_upload/zeitschriften/vasomed/Artikel_PDF/2017/04-2017/Faerber.pdf (Last accessed 03.05.2018).