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Kristin Osborn - Lipoedema

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This week on Wellbeing we are discussing Lipoedema with Kristin Osborn. Lipoedema is a condition mostly found in women that results in enlargement of the fat cells in the legs. It is estimated that 20% of the female population have the condition. Despite this, it is often misdiagnosed as obesity, leading to constrained mental health in those with the condition. Kristin has the condition herself and has specialised in the field for almost two decades through her Newcastle Lymphoedema & Lipoedema Clinic. She is set to be the Australian Patient & Therapist Representative at the Lipoedema World Congress in Germany in October 2023.

Along with her clinical work, Kristin has authored a book called The Lymphatic-Friendly Diet. In this book Kristen aims to assist others battling a lymphatic condition, and she shares the recipes that have helped her become healthier and happier and allowed her to manage her Lipoedema.

In this episode, Kristin talks about what Lipeodema is, why it starts, how it impacts people's mental health, its onset, how family can help those with Lipoedema, the difficulty in non-specialists detecting the condition, her 2023 trip to Germany as the  Australian Patient & Therapist Representative at the Lipoedema World Congress, Lipoedema in males, how those with Lipoedema can manage the condition, and surgery for Lipoedema.

Tune in next week when we talk with two students about student wellbeing in schools.

We would love to hear from you! If you would like to suggest topics, give us feedback, or just say hi, you can contact us on wellbeing@2nurfm.com

Host: Jack Hodgins
Wellbeing website: https://www.2nurfm.com.au/wellbeing

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