Nobuaki Nagashima has Werner Syndrome, which causes his body to age at a super-fast rate. This condition is teaching us more about what controls our genes, and could eventually help us find a way to slow aging – or stop it altogether. There are 1,487 cases of Werner syndrome all across the world with 1,128 of them just in Japan. Researchers are using the genetic information of people with Werner syndrome to learn more about genes and aging.
- A Japanese man was discovered with various ailments you might expect to see in an 80-year-old. But Nagashima is just 43.
- The syndrome only affects those born with a mutated gene from each parent.
“At 33, he was diagnosed with Werner syndrome, a disease that causes the body to age too fast.”