Prader-Willi Syndrome!

Prader-Willi syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that any gender or race can get. It is the most common genetic cause of obesity. It is also known as PWS.

What are the symptoms of Prader-Willi syndrome?

Some symptoms of Prader-Willi syndrome are loose muscles, incomplete development, disablities of the mind, problems with behavior, and a constant feeling of hunger which can lead to obesity. Many people associate this disease with obesity, but there are also other symptoms. People with PWS usually have a need for routine and if they get frustrated, they can go crazy emotionally.

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This is a person with Prader-Willi syndrome. Notice the physical features that are different from a normal person. People are usually also short and overweight.

How does Prader-Willi syndrome affect a person's life?

With lots of help it is possible for someone with PWS to live a normal life. If obesity is avoided, then this disease is not life threatening. Even if a person is living a normal life, diet supervision is necessary. Usually babies with PWS need special care and foods for their muscles. When a person with PWS starts school, that is when diet becomes a problem. People have died young, but people will be able to live longer if they avoid obesity. Many families that have children with PWS must lock all food and sometimes adults have to live in special homes where food is limited. People with PWS also need a positive enviroment. They tend to not like sharing and are very obsessive. There are medications for some of the symptoms of PWS, but there is no medication for the appetite related symptoms.

external image 6614ED5E8023B1185E2B06D0DD023286.jpgPeople with PWS have a problem in the hypothalamus part of their brain. That is the cause of the feeling of hunger that leads to obesity.

Why do people get Prader-Willi syndrome?

Prader-Willi syndrome is not usually passed from parent to child. It is due to a lack of genes on a person's chromosome #15. This chromosome is usually from the father. The genes somehow get lost from the chromosome. This is called deletion.

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