Nowadays, there exist fewer enormous individuals, because the disease has been treated.
The tallest and shortest man in the world met at the pyramids. Sultan Kösen, 35 from Turkey is the world’s tallest man having the height of 251 cm, and the smallest woman, Jyoti Amge, 24 from India, has a height of 62.8 cm.
But Sultan Kösen is the tallest in our time but only third on the listing of the tallest people in history. In second place was the Ukrainian Leonid Stadnik, who was 2 centimeters taller than the Sultan.
Ukrainian giant Leonid Stadnik was born in 1970, at the age of 12 he had an overgrowth removed from his head. But the tumor caused damage to the pituitary gland, and Leonid started grow very speedily. The Stadnik carried on growing into adulthood by 2-3 centimeters yearly. He worked as a vet. The house had permanent obstacles with his size. Then it became not an easy matter for him to walk. He used a special prop. He passed away at the age of 44 from a cerebral hemorrhage.
The tallest man in the world was American Robert Wadlow. His height was 272 cm and weight 199 kg. With such a massive weight, he was very skinny.
Robert was born normal. His parents were slightly above mean cheight. But at the age of four, he unexpectedly started growing quite rapidly. At the age of eight, he had already stretched to 188 centimeters. And at the age of nine, he was able to carry his father up the stairs without any difficulty. He had a malfunction in the pituitary gland, the part of the brain responsible for the making of hormones. These are hormones that have an influence on growth, metabolism as well as reproduction. In Robert’s case, the disability affected the out-of-control making of growth hormone.
Ordinary everyday things were given to the young man very difficult. Over the years, he found it difficult to do even the plainest things. Not only were ordinary things small for him, cars as well as apartments were too cramped. Robert had circulatory issues. His heart gave out, blood boiled through his body. And because of this, his limbs almost did not sense anything.
Having the desire to become a lawyer, Wadlow attended university. But then he realized that it is much easier to realize his potential in the circus with this uniqueness. So, Wadlow became an artist. At that time, he was already well-known in the USA. All regional as well as world media trumpeted about the young giant. The guy was very joyful and optimistic, people really liked him.
Unlike the two previous participants in our selection, Wadlow grew much faster. And soon he needed crutches. Wadlow passed away in his sleep in 1940, he was only 22. Currently, there are fewer and fewer such enormous individuals, because the disease has been treated.