Lipoedema Awareness Month
Are you one of the 11% of Australian women suffering from this condition?
For years Katie Angwin didn't understand why her legs appeared and felt so different to the rest of her body. Earlier this year she finally received some answers. She was diagnosed with a condition that you may have never heard of, called Lipoedema.
Not to be confused with the more commonly known Lymphodema, Lipoedema is considered to be a genetic condition. It causes fat cells to pool within specific areas of the body, from the hips to the ankles and in the arms. It's a life threatening condition that affects 1.3 million women in Australia. If untreated, it can cause mobility loss, extreme pain, depression and infection.
Lipoedema Australia ambassador, Katie Angwin, shared with us her story of discovery. Now this condition has given her renewed energy to bring awareness of it to more Australians.
“I was fortunate to discover I had Lipoedema in its early stages–the earlier it’s discovered, the better the prognosis” Katie explained.
“Symptoms can include bilaterally enlarged legs that look bigger in comparison to the rest of your body. Feet and hands are exempt from the condition, so it can form what they call a bracelet affect. Legs and arms can be painful to touch and can bruise easily” she describes.
Katie explains the ways she deals with her symptoms is with “massage, diet, exercise and wearing Active Truth compression tights!”. Other forms of treatment can be very expensive and not easily accessible.
June is Lipoedema Awareness Month. We want to show our support in generating awareness of the condition that affects 11% of Australian women.
Katie also shared some good advice if anyone thinks they may have the condition. “Go to the Lipoedema Australia website, read the factsheet. If symptoms match, print it out and present it to your GP. Lipoedema Australia will also be able to recommend a specialist in your area”.
“Those with Lipoedema can join a closed Facebook group. It provides helpful support, information about local meet-ups and recommendations” she continued.
If you have any concerns, then head to lipoedemaaustralia.com.au to find out more information.
Help us spread the word and bring greater awareness of this disease to Australian women.
Nadia and Stevie
Reviews of compression tights from women with Lipoedema
Many women with Lipoedema wear compression garments to help reduce fluid collection, and support vascular function and lymphatic drainage.
"Love My Tights
I have Lipoedema and Lymphoedema and these tights are well made and so supportive with their high waist band and overall compression on my legs."
- Jennifer T
I can’t possibly be happier with my Active Truth - Training Pocket Full Length Tights. They are so comfortable and as a plus sized woman with Lipoedema , it’s great to feel confident and secure."
- Natalie T
"Comfortable and they stay put
The tights stay in place. No rolling down at the waist and no bunching around knees. I bought them because I have Stage 1 lipoedema and I can wear them like anyone else wearing active wear when out and about. Can wear all day with no issues."
- Robyn H
"Couldn’t be happier - pregnant mamma with Lipoedema
I’m in my third trimester of my second pregnancy and being an overweight pregnant woman who suffers with Lipoedema, finding compression stockings that fit me had been impossible until now. Not only do they fit, they are comfortable, supportive and look and feel great. Bonus… they are a reasonable price for the fantastic quality that they are!! I already told/showed all the staff at the OB’s office, who were tirelessly trying to help me find something that would both fit and support me."
- Natalie T
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