What Causes Lipoma?

So what is the cause of a lipoma?

What causes lipoma?There are many theories on what causes lipoma and some have more scientific validation than others. Uniform across most theories, our genes are likely involved is some form. But the answer is much more complex then that. Nothing is straight forward in biology and the more you understand, the more questions that arise, the less you know.

But lets move away from the complexities of biology and just lay down the facts as we know them today about lipoma:

1. Lipoma likely has a hereditary component to it. So if there is a history of lipoma in your family, you are at greater risk of developing a lipoma.

2. Lipoma genetics is complex and likely involves the switching on and off of genes, which is largely dependent on stimuli which can come from the environment. (diet, activity, age, other genes, stress, trauma…etc…the list is extensive!)

3. Lipomas are often triggered by an environmental factor (both internal and external to the body). For example a trauma on the skin can result in a lipoma in that area.

4. Some people are more prone than others to developing lipomas (sorry about that!). But you can look at it like cancer, some get it, some don’t. Its sucks I know!

5. Lipoma’s can come and go. As they can grow, they can also regress. Again, it’s the genes and the environmental influences that are likely responsible.

6. TIP: Due to the complexities of the possible causes of lipomas, and if you are suffering from lipomas, try to take a holistic healthy approach to life and try to adjust lifestyle and diet. read this post and look at this guide.

I will add to this list as the research advances and more light is shed on what causes lipoma.

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General Facts About Lipoma

Typical Lipoma
Typical Lipoma

A lipoma is a growth of contained fat cells that can appear under the skin. The fat is included in a fibrous capsule and in the majority of the cases it does not represent a danger to your health. Even so, many chose to remove lipomas for cosmetic reasons. Most lipomas appear on the arms, neck, armpits and on the torso, however, lipomas can appear anywhere on the body. They can even appear in a larger number at the same time in different areas of the body.

Lipomas are not cancerous. It is not exactly known what causes the appearance of lipomas. They do have a hereditary link, but they can also appear after minor injuries. Usually, they are very small. They grow slowly and usually take year to develop. It is quite simple to diagnose lipomas but it must be done by a qualified specialist who needs to make sure that growths are not cancerous. Once a lipoma is diagnosed, the appropriate course of treatment can be surgery, liposuction, steroid injection or do nothing. Some doctors will tell you to perform surgery while others advise to simple watch the lipoma closely and keep note of its size.

If a lipoma starts to grow it maybe time for concern as the growth of the lipoma can affect surrounding areas and place pressure on nerves, muscle tissue, organs, blood vessels which can lead to pain, discomfort or even serious health concerns. Natural remedies have also been suggested to have positive effect of the progress of lipomas. Since lipomas are very much influenced by environmental factors as it relates to our cells, the food we eat, drugs we take, exercise we do all can influence lipoma development. This means that a careful selection of foods and conscious lifestyle changes can influence the progress of lipomas. There have been a number of guides written on this topic which you can view here.

The Main Causes and Effects of Lipoma in Middle Aged People

Lipoma PainA lipoma is a lump or mass that is made up of fat cells and are a common, benign type of slow growing tumor. They most often develop just under the skin in the subcutaneous tissue, located beneath the skin and above the muscle. They can grow large in size, and multiple growths can develop most commonly in the back, neck, shoulders or arms. Less commonly, they can grow on almost any organ in the body. Lipomas may begin to grow after a tissue injury or trauma, and they tend to run in families. They primarily occur in people who are middle aged or older. In most cases, lipomas do not require treatment, although in severe cases, treatment is required due to health or cosmetic concerns.

If you develop such a lump or swollen area, you should immediately seek medical advice from your doctor. A determination of whether the lump is benign or cancerous requires a medical examination. The doctor is the only one who can prescribe the right treatment for your condition. The reason why some people develop lipomas is still unknown, although family history appears to play an important role. You are more likely to develop lipomas if you have a parent or sibling with this condition. People who develop more than one have an extremely rare inherited disorder called familial multiple lipomatosis. There are certain factors and diseases that are thought to increase the chances of developing this conditions. The most common risk factors are dercum disease, also known as adiposis dolorosa, which causes multiple painful lipomas and other serious problems, such as mental health and neurological issues. Other risk factors are the family history of lipomas, Gardner syndrome, as well as middle age.

Lipomas are not so harmful for the overall health of the body. The complications of a lipoma vary depending on its location, as well as whether surrounding tissues or organs are affected. Generally, they are only removed if they are painful or grow too quickly. You may also need to have lipomas removed if they cause serious cosmetic problems that interfere with your ability to have a normal life. Once a lipoma is diagnosed as benign, your physician or health care provider will determine your best treatment option. The most common treatments for benign lipomas are liposuction, steroid injections that can shrink but not eliminate lipomas and surgical procedures.