In the past I’ve shared what the loss of weight through a plant-based diet has meant for my physical size. What I want to show you today is how such eating impacts the obvious issues associated with lipedema and Dercum’s disease.
It’s estimated that 11% of women have lipedema (estrogen plays a role so it is mainly women who suffer from this). Dercum’s Disease is very rare, but it is impacted by the ongoing swelling of lipedema. Both of these disorders puts considerable swelling and large amounts of non-calorie based weight on people. For someone with Dercum’s Disease it gets dicey because there are so few treatments and so patients end up trying whatever is suggested by the few doctors who work with dercum’s disease.
Before going to a plant-based whole food diet with no added sugars or oils that is low glycemic index, I use to put on 10-14 pounds in a day from lymphatic fluid swelling all parts of my body especially if I over-extended myself. By next morning it may or may not be back to where it was. Since starting the whole foods plant-based diet, a few months ago, unless there are other health issues going on, I put on only 4 pounds in a day. By next day it usually has gone away. I’ve lost 62 of those disorder related pounds in a few months.
Below, the unfortunate hairstyle in the first two photos is compliments of the wig I was forced to wear in the months following an unfortunate treatment for Dercum’s Disease. My hair started to fall out in chunks.An infusion of ketamine that took a couple of days time in an ICU unit to administer. Only in the name of helping others do I share those photos. LOL.
Please note that the first photo was taken in the morning. The second photo was taken later that day at a family gathering. Notice how swollen I am in the second photo especially. Even the wig is being stretched beyond it’s capacity.
Now see the last two photos taken just after 4 months of plant-based eating. The third photo was taken early that morning. The last photo is of me later in the day. The swelling is easy to spot. but it’ not as prominent as the level of swelling that happened in the second photo.
Not bad or a 55 year old woman who literally just wants to be comfortable in her skin.
I just did away with animal products and kept it low fat, low glycemic index. No processed foods. I eat a bigger variety of foods now than I did when I ate animal products. Influenced by Dr. Michael Greger and Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn and Dr. T Colin Campbell, and their extensive research spanning decades, I quickly found success. Anyone can go to the library and find their books or look their work up online.
With 11% of women suffering from lipedema, yet few doctors having studied it, many are desperate to find a way to curb the impact of this frustrating disorder. They go through painful expensive surgeries where the problem eventually comes back. They try all sorts of treatments such as horrendously expensive lymphatic presses that take a great deal of time to work with daily, and expensive compression garments that cover their bodies that have to be worn year around including in the hottest of summers.
Dercum’s Disease has been too painful for me to continue with those standard treatments. And as the bad wig photos demonstrate, the experimental treatments suggested by the doctors were a bust.
This style of plant-based eating while it obviously hasn’t kept me completely from being in pain or swelling up, it has been overall a successful treatment in curbing the effects of lipedema and such. It is without a doubt the best arsenal I have ever had against the common but oddball lipedema. That puts less pressure on the effects of the Dercum’s disease.
Oh yea, and it reversed my diabetes and normalized my blood pressure and cholesterol.