Laron Syndrome May Protect from Cancer and Diabetes

Flip through any beauty magazine and all you’ll see are women under that age of 30 selling skin creams, anti-aging products, make-up designed to capture that special glow of youth.

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Of course, if the models were all age-appropriate to the products they are selling, I don’t think the industry would withstand the sudden drop in sales.

Apart from Botox, which paralyzes facial muscles when injected directly into the skin, all the snake oil in the world isn’t going to fend off the years.

In fact, it reminds me of the old saying, “You can fool Mother Nature, but you can’t fool Father Time.”

There is a small group of people in Ecuador who live with Laron Syndrome, an autosomal recessive disorder that leaves the body unable to effectively use human growth factor.

This results in the patient being very short of stature. What’s especially curious is that the people with Laron seem to be immune to a lot of deadly things like cancer, diabetes, and other plagues of the modern age.

Scientists are studying this population to see if perhaps Laron also holds the key to halting the aging process.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if 20 years from now all the beauty mags featured folks with Laron Syndrome selling the key to eternal youth in place of 20-somethings pretending to be ever-so-youthful 40-year-olds?

Erica Zahn

Erica Zahn

Erica Zahn is passionate about raising awareness of rare diseases and disorders and helping people connect with the resources that may ease their journey. Erica has been a caregiver, and is a patient, herself, so she completely relates to the rare disease community--on a deeply personal level.

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