Patients suffering from lipedema have excess fatty tissue caused by a chronic inflammatory condition. While there is no permanent cure for lipedema, there are several therapies that can help control and reduce the effect of the symptoms. One of the main therapies is the undertaking of a healthy diet that can help reduce inflammation.
Essential fatty acids play a role in inflammation, and studies show that replacing more common dietary long-chain triglycerides for medium chain triglycerides can lead to higher energy expenditure and fat oxidation, which can result in the loss of adipose tissue. What that essentially means is that a healthy diet that contains the correct nutrients can reduce the swelling caused by lipedema.
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How Diet Can Affect Lipedema
Your diet has a direct influence on the inflammatory response in your body. Inflammation can be a result of bacteria from the intestines entering the circulatory system and then activating the immune system, which can lead to swelling and lymphatic drainage issues. Combining certain fats and carbohydrates increases endotoxin production and inflammation in the gut and subsequently throughout the body.
Diet to Reduce Inflammation
There are several ways that you can create a healthy diet that can help alleviate lipedema symptoms. Several studies indicate that a Mediterranean style diet is full of foods that are anti-inflammatory and therefore a good choice for lipedema sufferers. A Mediterranean diet contains whole foods, along with plant based, natural unprocessed foods. This diet provides healthy carbs from fresh fruits, colorful vegetables and whole grains. Healthy proteins are obtained from legumes, lean meats and fish. The diet is high in health fats from nuts and olive oils. The Mediterranean diet also uses anti-inflammatory herbs and spices such as turmeric, garlic, ginger, onions, parsley, cilantro, cinnamon, and cumin.
Foods to Avoid
As with any healthy diet, there are certain foods that you should avoid. These include:
- Fatty meats
- Dairy products
- Vegetable oils
- High glycemic index foods such as white rice, sugar, potatoes
- Processed packaged foods
- Wheat/gluten products
- Refined carbohydrates
- Foods high in trans fat
It is important to consult your physician about any diet you may wish to undertake. This is especially important for lipedema patients. Dr. Wright and his staff will ensure that your diet, along with other lipedema therapies, are the correct ones for your individual case.
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