Thursday, September 4th — Superbaby

September 4, 2008

Today I Learned…

…there’s a young child in Michigan who has what’s called “myostatin-related muscle hypertrophy.”  This means that at 5 months old, he could do a near-perfect iron cross.  At 19 months old, he currently weighs 22 pounds and has washboard abs.  He boasts 40 percent more muscle mass than normal, almost no body fat, and eats six full size meals a day because of his ridiculously fast metabolism.

Myostatin is a protein which inhibits muscle growth — in young Liam, his muscle cells reject the myostatin that his body produces, allowing his skeletal muscles to grow much more than they would normally.  Medical experts hope that a better understanding of Liam’s condition will help with the development of new treatments for degenerative musculo-skeletal diseases such as muscular dystrophy or osteoporosis.

Further Reading: CTV.ca — Rare condition gives toddler super strength

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