Today there are fewer large 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 tallest man in the world at 251 cm and the shortest woman, Jyoti Amge, 24 from India, is 62.8 cm tall.
But Sultan Kösen is the greatest of our time, but only third on the list of the greatest people in history. In second place was Leonid Stadnik of Ukraine, who was 2 centimeters taller than the sultan.
Ukrainian giant Leonid Stadnik was born in 1970, at the age of 12 he had a growth removed from his head. But the tumor caused damage to the pituitary gland, and Leonid began to grow very quickly. The stadnik grew annually by 2-3 centimeters until adulthood. He worked as a vet. The house had permanent obstacles with its size. Then walking was not easy for him. He used a special prop. He died of a brain hemorrhage at the age of 44.
The tallest man in the world was the American Robert Wadlow. He was 272 cm tall and weighed 199 kg. With such a massive weight, he was very thin.
Robert was born normal. His parents were slightly above average height. But at the age of four, he unexpectedly began to grow quite rapidly. By the time he was eight, he had already stretched to 188 centimeters. And by the age of nine, he could easily carry his father up the stairs. He had a malfunction in the pituitary gland, the part of the brain responsible for producing hormones. These are hormones that affect growth, metabolism and reproduction. In Robert’s case, the disability affected the runaway growth hormone production.
Ordinary everyday things were very difficult for the young man. Over the years, he found it difficult to do even the simplest things. Not only ordinary things were small for him, cars and apartments were also too small for him. Robert had circulatory problems. His heart stopped, blood boiled through his body. And that’s why his limbs felt almost nothing.
Wadlow attended university with a desire to become a lawyer. But then he realized that with this uniqueness it is much easier to realize your potential in the circus. So Wadlow became an artist. At that time he was already well known in the USA. All regional and world media trumpeted about the young giant. The guy was very cheerful and optimistic, people really liked him.
Unlike the previous two participants in our selection, Wadlow grew at a much faster rate. And soon he needed crutches. Wadlow died in his sleep in 1940, he was only 22 years old. Currently there are fewer and fewer such giant individuals because the disease has been treated.