CAMBRIDGE, MA, March 31, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:AEGR), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel therapeutics to treat debilitating rare diseases, announced today its observance of World Lipodystrophy Day.
Chief Executive Officer Mary Szela said, "We support the Association of Families Affected by Lipodystrophies in Spain, Europe & Latin America (AELIP), Lipodystrophy United (LU), and others in the lipodystrophy community in their objective to increase awareness and diagnosis of this serious and often undiagnosed rare disease. Education is an important step towards making an impact for people affected by lipodystrophy.”
Lipodystrophy is a group of rare diseases characterized by the lack of fat tissue. In some patients, it is genetic, and in others it may be acquired. It can be characterized by a widespread lack of fat tissue under the skin (generalized lipodystrophy) or limited lack of fat tissue (partial lipodystrophy). This loss of fat tissue might cause a deficit in the hormone leptin leading to multiple medical complications such as severe metabolic complications.
“Lipodystrophies are rare diseases, meaning they can be difficult to diagnose correctly and therefore treat properly and efficiently,” said Elif Oral, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Diabetes at the University of Michigan. “A common feature of most lipodystrophies is the predisposition to diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia and cardiovascular diseases. In addition to these common manifestations, the disease appears to have multi-system involvement from muscle pain to mood disturbances. Patients often see evaluation of these other aspects of the disease as a priority. Through increased awareness and education, physicians can more accurately diagnose and effectively treat these serious diseases.”
“Our objectives for World Lipodystrophy Day include raising awareness of the public health problem posed by lipodystrophy, implementing actions that impact the challenges faced by patients with lipodystrophy and their families, and joining together with the community to pool resources and improve care for those affected by this rare disease,” said Andra Stratton, co-founder & president of LU.
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