The name of Raizel Calago has been around the world in recent months due to her physical appearance, which shows her as a woman 50 year old adult when she’s just one young man of 16.
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In recent days Raizel It has been viralized on social networks and in several countries due to a strange genetic disorder that causes accelerated aging to its only 16 years.
“I’m 16 years old, but I look 50”said Calago, from the Philippines, in his appearance on the show Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho, surprising each time its history is known, that as time passes it generates more echo.
The disease that affects Raizel is called progeria, a strange disease that affects very few people in the world, causing them a rapid aging early in life. In the case of this young Filipina, the first changes occurred at the age of 14.
According to National Human Genome Research Institute, Progeria is caused by a mutation in the LMNA gene, which “participates in the structural support of the cell nucleus” and, when there is a mutation in the gene, instability occurs that leads to premature aging.
According to Raizel’s doctor, among the health problems that can be expected in a short time are osteoporosis, a heart attack, heart failure or increased risk of stroke, that could cause an early death, common in this type of cases.
“They ask me why my appearance has aged. I don’t answer them because I don’t know what happened either, ”said Raizel, only 16 years old, with the wrinkles on his face that confirm his condition.
Unfortunately for all the people who suffer progeria, there is currently no cure, and medications help relieve symptoms of the disease.