Is it obesity or lipedema? UA researcher will study genetic risks

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A new study at the University of Arizona seeks to determine the genetic risk factors for developing lipedema, a painful, body disfiguring and debilitating condition characterized by excessive fat deposits causing enlargement of the buttocks, hips and legs and a relatively small waist circumference.

Yann Klimentidis, PhD, assistant professor and genetic epidemiologist at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, received a $115,000 grant from the Lipedema Foundation to study the genetic risk factors for developing the disease.

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