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Leptin

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Formal name: Leptin
Related tests: Lipid Profile, Thyroid Panel, Glucose, A1c, Insulin, Ghrelin

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To determine if you have a leptin deficiency that is contributing to obesity; to identify increased leptin; on a research basis to help understand leptin's roles in the body and its ties to obesity

When to Get Tested?

When a child has severe obesity that may be due to a very rare inherited leptin deficiency; sometimes to help evaluate obesity; when participating in a research study

Sample Required?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm

Test Preparation Needed?

None