Last Modified on Aug 21, 2014
What Is a Fat Deposit?
A lipoma or fat deposit is a slow-developing growth of fat this is usually located beneath the skin and above the muscle. Lipomas are typically easy to identify as the deposits move easily with light finger pressure and feel “doughy” or pliable to the touch. A lipoma is not cancerous and is usually harmless; however, some deposits may be painful or continue to grow. If these conditions occur, it may be necessary to have a lipoma removed.
The symptoms and characteristics of a lipoma are relatively standard. Most lipomas are small from 1 to 3 cm in diameter and can be felt just beneath the skin. The growths typically feel soft and rubbery and cause little pain. Typically, a fat deposit remains the same size or grows very slowly and is not a major health concern. Issues that may cause concern include the location of the deposit as well as the size if it continues to grow or is uncomfortable.
The exact cause of lipomas is unknown; however, obesity is not the root cause of the deposits. Lipomas do typically tend to run in families, however, so the cause likely has genetic underpinnings.
Natural Remedies to Remove Fat Deposits
Fat deposits typically cause little actual health concern; however, the deposits can be unsightly and uncomfortable depending on the location. As such, many individuals prefer to treat lipomas using natural means. Often a change in diet – eliminating processed foods and artificial sweeteners and consuming whole foods and products – is an effective change toward eliminating lipomas. Likewise, sage, turmeric, chickweed and thuja occidentalis are supplements that can be taken orally to diminish fat deposits. Maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle also prevents the further onset of lipomas.
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