Your Dr and Lipoedema

Your Dr and  Lipoedema

Royal College of GPsOne of the most significant findings of Lipoedema UK’s Big Survey was that only 5% of UK GP’s are aware of the symptoms and getting a diagnosis may be difficult.

If your GP is one of the 60,000 who have not been trained to recognise lipoedema, encourage them to continue their professional development by taking the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and Lipoedema UK’s elearning course.

The elearning course is endorsed by the Royal College of Nurses and is available free for all UK Allied Healthcare Professionals. It is especially suitable for practice nurses.

The course describes the presentation, pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of lipoedema in primary care.

“Lipoedema is an adipose tissue disorder causing bilateral symmetrical enlargement of the lower and in some cases the upper extremities in women leading to significant disproportion of the waist to hip ratio. Lipoedema is sadly rarely recognised in primary care and hence under-diagnosed. Due to lipoedema being misdiagnosed as obesity or lymphoedema, patients frequently embark on a never-ending cycle of diets and exercise regimes, resulting in further physical and psychological harm.”

The course is free to all healthcare professionals in the UK (they will have to register on the website) and  £25 for non-RCGP members based outside of the UK.  All RCGP elearning courses are free to members both nationally and internationally.

After completing the course your GP will  be able to make a diagnosis and direct you to any treatments and advice that may be available in your area.

Lipoedema UK offer our members a GP Letter and Information pack for anyone who feels they have the symptoms of lipoedema but are unsure how to approach their GP. We provide a personal letter addressed to your GP informing them of the elearning course and explaining why it is important to obtain a diagnosis.

The Royal College of GPs elearning course can be found on the RCGP website at: