View Full Version : Disease that Keeps You Young

06-19-2011, 11:16 PM
Hey Everyone-

I'm about to start on a new story, and it deals with someone that is in middle school but has the body of a three year old. I know Progeria makes young people age faster...but I just wanted to make sure there wasn't a disease anyone knew of like in my story. I wanted it to be a mysterious disease...and as far as my research has gone, there isn't anything like it. I found one story that was slightly similar (a real story, I mean) and they weren't sure why either.


06-19-2011, 11:44 PM
Looks similar, but doctors apparently don't know what it is. They're calling it Syndrome X.

06-19-2011, 11:59 PM
Also, a doctor would probably consider malnutrition, even if it isn't the cause. A child who doesn't get enough to eat or a balanced diet can end up with stunted growth. http://kidshealth.org/parent/growth/feeding/hunger.html

Also take into consideration that in real life, stunted growth for a child means a lot of health problems and that they won't develop well mentally. Brooke has those problems, for example. Of course, your work can be fiction, but if your MC continues to develop very well mentally, then that would be something worth noting because he is lucky.

06-20-2011, 02:21 AM
Have you considered primordial dwarfism? Not exactly staying young - but certainly looking far younger/smaller than "normal." I recall watching the show mentioned in the following:


06-20-2011, 05:50 AM
Thank you so much, both of you! I will check out all the links and see where my muse takes me.

Guardian: I was definitely going to have him behave mentally like a middle schooler...so it would be a very big deal.

06-20-2011, 04:41 PM
Turner Syndrome effects only girls. http://kidshealth.org/teen/diseases_conditions/sexual_health/turner.html
There was an interesting episode of Law and Order SUV that brought up a lot of issues. I became interested in the syndrome afterwards and did some research on this and other genetic disorders
Williams syndrome effects boys and girls, but usually causes mental retardation.
Klinefelter syndrome effects only boys, they go through sexual maturation. They have an extra X chromosone
Androgen Insensitivity (which can cause intrasex - male and female sex organs.) Three of my cousins learned in medical school that Jamie Lee Curtis has this disorder, but she's never addressed it in the media that I know about. People with AI don't go through normal puberty and are infertile.

They are the genetic disorders I know about.