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Progeria: A Deadly Aging Disease

Updated on September 25, 2012
A teen with progeria
A teen with progeria
Mom and son
Mom and son

When born, they are cute and cuddly babies, like any other. As the months turn into years, the parents at first are bewildered-they seem to look older than their real age. In the beginning, the parents dismiss it as just "how it is", then, as more years fly by, the aging process can no longer be ignored as normal. Quietly alarmed, the parents take the child, who may only be four, yet looks 20, to the doctor where the diagnosis is progeria. If the child reaches 14-16, which is rare, they look to be 80. A majority of these will die from either a stroke or heart attack.

Kids with this disease begin aging at 1.5 - 2 yrs. old and with each year rapidly increases. They may lose hair, get wrinkles and fail to gain body fat. Progeria impacts four to eight million newborns every year, it was first discovered in 1886.

The good news is that not more than 250 kids have this rare disease in the world and there is a promising new drug called, Lonafarnib, that seems to reverse some symptoms and issues associated with the disease.

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    • Philanthropy2012 profile image

      DK 

      6 years ago from London

      Sorry, what does "progeria impacts four to eight million newborns every year mean" ? What does "impact" mean in this case?

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      6 years ago

      rare disease according to stats

    • Philanthropy2012 profile image

      DK 

      6 years ago from London

      Wait so " Progeria impacts four to eight million newborns every year," but only 250 kids have this?

      Could you please clarify that?

      I was so shocked to see the 8 million figure and then it's only 250?

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      6 years ago

      I was shocked at some of the images. So sad.

    • mactavers profile image

      mactavers 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for shedding some light on this terrible disease. Good to know that research is being done.

    • carol7777 profile image

      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      I have heard about this disease and glad it is so rare and they now have some solutions.

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