Acta Scientific Nutritional Health (ASNH)(ISSN: 2582-1423)

Review Article Volume 4 Issue 11

Lipedema and Nutrition: What’s the Link?

Cannataro Roberto1,2* and Erika Cione1,2

1Department of Pharmacy, Health and Nutritional Sciences, University of Calabria, Rende (CS), Italy
2Galscreen Srl University of Calabria, Rende (CS), Italy

*Corresponding Author: Cannataro Roberto, Department of Pharmacy, Health and Nutritional Sciences, University of Calabria, Rende (CS), Italy.

Received: August 03, 2020; Published: October 28, 2020



  Lipedema is a dysfunction of the subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT), it is characteristic of women, although it is reported in rare cases also in men, it was described for the first time in 1940, with a better characterization in 1951, although this is often still confused with classic obesity. It affects the lower and upper limbs, the buttocks, usually sparing the feet and trunk. It is classified into 5 levels, according to the area of the body affected by the dysfunction. The tissues are nodular to the touch and this, among other things, suggests an inflammatory phenomenon. The treatments concern surgery (bariatric and liposuction), compression garments, physiotherapy. The nutritional approach often has little or no efficacy, probably because the adipose tissue is inflamed, therefore not very responsive if the inflammation itself is not managed. An approach that is having an interesting response is the ketogenic diet (a nutritional approach that provides for a carbohydrate intake of less than 30g per day), in previous work we have demonstrated the marked anti-inflammatory and antioxidant action of this nutritional approach, which could prove effective in assist the treatment of lipedema.

Keywords:SAT; Lipedema; Ketogenic Diet; Inflammation



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Citation: Cannataro Roberto and Erika Cione. “Lipedema and Nutrition: What’s the Link?".Acta Scientific Nutritional Health 4.11 (2020): 86-89.


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