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Imagine living in a 4-foot body that doesn't develop chronic diseases

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In a Los Angeles restaurant, a 42-year-old woman named Nathaly Paola Castro Torres faces comments and stares due to her short stature. Measuring at 4 feet, 2 inches tall, Torres has a rare disorder called Laron syndrome, which stunts her growth but also provides protection against chronic diseases like cancer and diabetes. This genetic mutation also seems to have positive effects on brain health, with individuals having more youthful brains. Torres and others with Laron syndrome may also have a lower risk of heart disease. Researchers are exploring the potential of drugs and diets to lower levels of insulin-like growth factor-1, which could mimic the benefits of Laron syndrome.