Being Little May Not be that Bad; Proven Benifits of Dwarfism for Cancer and Diabetes
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Being Little May Not be that Bad; Proven Benifits of Dwarfism for Cancer and Diabetes

Dumaguete : Philippines | Feb 17, 2011 at 3:17 PM PST
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If you think that being tall makes you superior from the vertically-challenged individuals, it's time for you to think twice. Science discovers that growth hormone abnormality that causes dwarfism is not that bad at all; it protects cancer and diabetes that is currently the common ailments of people from every corner of the world.

The findings were released after 22 years of monitoring people with Laron Syndrome or dwarfism in layman's term, in the Andes mountains. Laron Syndrome deprives the body of utilizing its growth hormones the reason why the person don't go tall.

The discovery was released by two authors, University of Southern California cell biologist, Valter Longo, and Jaime Guevara-Aguirre, an Ecuadorian endocrinologis.

The study involves 100 dwarfs and 1, 600 people with normal height. Amazingly no one from the little people developed diabetes and, only one of them got cancer while 15 percent of the people that have no Laron Syndrome acquire diabetes, and 17 percent got cancer.

Further study shows that people with dwarfism have very low cases of strokes.

An article published in businessweek.com, confirmed that there are currently approved drugs in the U.S. that bring the same effects of Laron Syndrome, that are used to treat patients with acromegaly, a genitic abnormality that can result to giantism.

According to the study, people with Laron Syndrome died with other causes like drug and alcohol abuse.

You may check on the issue of Science Translational Medicine for more details of the study.

Details of the article here.

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Studies show that dwarfism has health benefits; dwarfs have little chances of getting diabetes and cancer.
ria viente is based in Dumaguete, Central Visayas, Philippines, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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