Can it be true that there’s a person walking around who cannot gain weight? That’s the sort of “problem” that most of us would love to have but it’s a very real issue for Tom Staniford. This guy’s a Paralympic athlete who needs to gain weight through muscle in order to fulfil his potential in competitions so the strange genetic mutation that this 28-year-old has does him no favours.
The worst part is that Tom suffers pain as a consequence of the disorder. He feels it constantly in his arms and his legs. In addition to the pain, he also has to live with the unknown although doctors have diagnosed his disease as MDP syndrome, they are unable to tell him how it will affect his life in the long run.
MDP, or mandibular dysplasia, is an extremely rare metabolic disorder that prevents fatty tissue storing up underneath the skin. It only affects a very small number of people across the world so doctors really don’t have the data they need to fight this disease. We’ve only heard of 8 cases across the world so no wonder the only information doctors have on the disease is that it could be caused by an abnormality of the POLD1 gene on chromosome 19.
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