Megan is a low-carb nutritionist specialising in lipoedema, lymphoedema and so much more, and she takes an evidence-based low carb and ketogenic approach to how she helps her patients. She is also a published author and published researcher and is about to release her second book in which she seeks to educate patients and doctors on the importance of lipoedema, low carb diets and how to interpret blood tests.
Lipedema and How a Low Carb Diet Can Help
Lipedema is a connective tissue disorder that causes an abnormal accumulation of fat cells in the lower body. It is often misdiagnosed as obesity or lymphedema.
What is Lipedema?
Lipedema is a chronic condition that affects women almost exclusively. It is characterized by an abnormal accumulation of fat cells in the lower body, typically from the hips and thighs down. This can lead to pain, swelling, and discomfort. Lipedema is not caused by lifestyle factors such as diet or exercise. It is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic and hormonal factors.
Symptoms of Lipedema
The symptoms of lipedema can vary from person to person. Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Painful swelling in the lower body
- Easy bruising
- Difficulty walking
- Depression and anxiety
How a Low Carb Diet Can Help Lipedema
A low carb diet can be a helpful treatment for lipedema. This is because a low carb diet can help to reduce inflammation, promote weight loss, and improve insulin sensitivity. All of these factors can help to improve the symptoms of lipedema.
Here are some of the benefits of a low carb diet for lipedema:
- Reduced inflammation
- Weight loss
- Improved insulin sensitivity
- Reduced pain
Other Treatment Options for Lipedema
In addition to a low carb diet, there are a number of other treatment options for lipedema, including:
- Compression garments
- Manual lymphatic drainage
Getting Help for Lipedema
If you are struggling with lipedema, it is important to reach out to a healthcare professional or a nutritionist who specializes in this condition. They can help you to develop a treatment plan that is right for you.
Here are some resources that can help:
- The Lipedema Foundation
- The National Lymphedema Network
- The American Association of Clinical Nutritionists
Lipedema is a real and often misdiagnosed condition. However, there are a number of treatment options available, including a low carb diet, that can help to improve the symptoms of lipedema. If you are struggling with lipedema, please reach out to a healthcare professional or a nutritionist who specializes in this condition.
I hope this blog post has been helpful. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below.