Obesity is a serious health issue that is associated with the leading causes of death across the country, such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer.
Obesity has typically been associated with a person eating more calories than they burn on a regular basis. In recent years it has become evident that genes also play a role in the development of obesity. Rare genetic variants have been shown to be a key pathway responsible for regulating hunger, which could result in rare genetic disorders of obesity. Examples of these disorders include:
- POMC deficiency,
- LEPR deficiency,
- Bardet-Biedl syndrome
- Alström syndrome
Many people with these rare disorders of obesity are often affected with early-onset, severe obesity. Many suffer from insatiable hunger (hyperplagia). Genetic testing can help us diagnose a patient with a rare genetic disorder. By diagnosing early, we can help manage your health more effectively and help you make more informed decisions about your health care.
Patient Eligibility Criteria
- ≤18 years or younger and a BMI ≥ 97th percentile or
- ≥19 years or older with a BMI ≥ 40, and a history of childhood obesity before age 10
In Office or Home Testing
We offer in-office testing using oral swabs. Patients opting for home testing will have a saliva sample kit mailed to their home. Once the sample is submitted, your obesity medicine specialist will receive the results within 3 weeks and discuss them further with you.
Up to 2 genetic counseling sessions available for patients
Rhythm provides patients with access to a certified genetic counselor. One session is before the results are given and the other session is to discuss post-test results.
Email email@example.com or call 1-844-463-8474 to schedule sessions.
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