Lipedema Research Roadmap

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Lipedema Research Roadmap
Lipedema is a chronic medical condition characterized by a symmetric buildup of adipose tissue (fat) in the legs and arms. A common but under-recognized disorder, Lipedema may cause pain, swelling, easy bruising, and impaired mobility. During the past decade, Lipedema, which occurs almost exclusively in women, has been demonstrated to be a disease that is distinct from obesity, lymphedema, cellulite, and other adipose conditions. The Lipedema Research Roadmap identifies recommendations to strengthen and grow Lipedema research. It presents a forward-looking summary of gaps in knowledge and opportunities for research and development, sourced from “Lipedema: A Current Understanding of Its Pathology and Natural History” (Lipedema Foundation; preprint, forthcoming), as well as input from authors and advisors. Recommendations are organized into six chapters covering key objectives: fostering the research environment, developing reporting standards and best practices, improving diagnosis, broadening understanding of the biology of the disease, identifying potential treatments, and enhancing epidemiology. The Research Roadmap development process incorporated input from more than 60 stakeholders, including researchers, clinicians, and patients. 24 external reviewers provided more than 1,300 comments and recommended edits.
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Daftuar, F., Eakin, G., Galia, S., Harmacek, L., Kartt, J., & Peterson, S. (2023). Lipedema Research Roadmap. OSF Preprints.