Leading the Fight Against Fat Disorders

World renowned doctor Karen L. Herbst, one of the foremost researchers and advocates for those with ATDs, is leading the charge to create a new Program for Adipose Tissue Disorders at the University of Arizona. 

Those with ATDs Aren’t Alone Anymore.

We will be their advocates. It’s time to know more about these disorders. To seek better treatments and therapies. To organize information and make it public. To make it easier for those affected to seek accurate diagnoses and treatments. 

Finding Real Answers, Inspiring Real Hope

Philanthropic investment will fuel strategic leadership, empower interdisciplinary teams of researchers, arm experts with cutting-edge tools and technologies, and prepare the next generation of researchers and clinicians to lead the future of ATD treatments, preventions, and cures. 

Leading the Fight Against Fat Disorders

World renowned doctor Karen L. Herbst, one of the foremost researchers and advocates for those with ATDs, is leading the charge to create a new Program for Adipose Tissue Disorders at the University of Arizona. 

Those with ATDs Aren’t Alone Anymore.

We will be their advocates. It’s time to know more about these disorders. To seek better treatments and therapies. To organize information and make it public. To make it easier for those affected to seek accurate diagnoses and treatments. 

Finding Real Answers, Inspiring Real Hope

Philanthropic investment will fuel strategic leadership, empower interdisciplinary teams of researchers, arm experts with cutting-edge tools and technologies, and prepare the next generation of researchers and clinicians to lead the future of ATD treatments, preventions, and cures. 

  • Leading the Fight Against Fat Disorders

    World renowned doctor Karen L. Herbst, one of the foremost researchers and advocates for those with ATDs, is leading the charge to create a new Program for Adipose Tissue Disorders at the University of Arizona. 

  • Those with ATDs Aren’t Alone Anymore.

    We will be their advocates. It’s time to know more about these disorders. To seek better treatments and therapies. To organize information and make it public. To make it easier for those affected to seek accurate diagnoses and treatments. 

  • Finding Real Answers, Inspiring Real Hope

    Philanthropic investment will fuel strategic leadership, empower interdisciplinary teams of researchers, arm experts with cutting-edge tools and technologies, and prepare the next generation of researchers and clinicians to lead the future of ATD treatments, preventions, and cures. 

Leading the Fight Against Lipedema
The problem is clear — we don’t know nearly enough about Lipedema and other Subcutaneous Adipose Tissue (SAT) Disorders.

We’re going to change that. 

Leading the Fight Against Fat Disorders

Message from the TREAT Program Director

“Lipedema has been relatively ignored for over 75 years since it was given a name by Drs. Allen and Hines in 1940 at the Mayo Clinic. It is thought that millions of women all over the world are affected with lipedema and their voices are finally being heard. Now is the time to find the cause of lipedema to guide treatment and prevention. The TREAT program is finding Treatments, performing Research, promoting Education and awareness of lipedema Adipose Tissue.”

— Dr. Karen L. Herbst

New Post-liposuction Research Study

Removal of abnormal fat tissue from people with lipedema or dercum disease by lymphatic sparing liposuction is a common treatment in europe and now in the united states.

Raziel Study

This is a study to test this investigational drug, RZL-012. “Investigational” means the study drug being tested has not been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is not available for sale.

Videos

Dr. Herbst has appeared in several videos on various topics. We have collected those videos and placed on the website for easier viewing.

Dr. Herbst Tips

Tip #11: Dancing

Dancing is a great way to build muscle, get your lymphatics pumping, and reduce your stress. Crank those tunes, grab a friend and dance in your living room!


Tip #4: Deep Fat Tissue Therapy

People with fat disorders can have fat tissue that has fluid and fibrosis which reduces blood flow in and lymph flow out.  Deep tissue treatment helps reduce fibrosis and fluid and improve flow.  Find your deep tissue therapy:

Astym therapy Graston technique Body massagers Gua sha tools Tui na therapy Quadrivas Therapy

The Specific Disorders We’ll Study

The Specific Disorders We Study

Controls

Women without lipedema or Dercum disease are the most important group of women we study.  We cannot find out about lipedema or other fat disorders without a better understanding of women who do not have a fat disorder.  If you do not have a fat disorder, no matter how much fat you do or do not have on your body, we would love to have you participate in research.  Call 520-626-7689 or email treatprogram@deptofmed.arizona.edu to find out how you can participate.

Lipedema

Excess and abnormal SAT typically found on the buttocks, hips, thighs, and lower legs but also on the arms in 80%.

Dercum’s Disease

Lumpy fibrotic subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT) occurring anywhere on the body accompanied by symptoms of extreme pain, inflammation, and elevated inflammatory markers.  Signs and symptoms of Dercum's Disease are similar to Fibromyalgia.  Angiolipomas are common in Dercum's disease.

Familial Multiple Lipomatosis with or without Angiolipomatosis

When large lipomas develop in fat tissue they deform the tissue.  Angiolipomas (vascular lipomas) are known to be painful and when accompanied by signs and symptoms such as fatigue, cognitive changes, sleep difficulties, gastrointestinal disorders and other signs and symptoms, is called Dercum's Disease.  

Multiple Symmetric Lipomatosis

Abnormal tissue deposits that occur around the neck, upper arms, thighs, abdomen, and upper buttocks.  Associated with alcohol use but may occur in the absence of alcohol use. 

Subcutaneous Adipose Tissue (SAT) Disorders relationship to Obesity

Learning about SAT disorders could help us better understand the fat in obesity and diabetes.

Exciting New Research is on the Horizon

The TREAT Program has many ongoing research studies.  Please email for more information: treatprogram@deptofmed.arizona.edu

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