Doctor Explains Hasbulla's Rare Genetic Condition That Makes Him Look Young And Old
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Hasbulla has become an internet sensation over the past few weeks.
The 18-year-old has shocked people with his simultaneous young and old appearance and many can't believe he's a teenager.
A doctor believes the fighter has a rare genetic condition called Growth Hormone deficiency (GHD).
Dr. Karan Raj has taken to TikTok to explain how Hasbulla and his arch nemesis Abdu Rozik were born with the condition that happens when the brain's pituitary gland, which is responsible for producing most of the body's hormones, can't produce Growth Hormone (GH).
The condition is also known as dwarfism or pituitary dwarfism and makes children appear short in stature but with normal body proportions.
GHD can be present when a baby is born or it can develop later.
Dr Raj explains how medicine and science is yet to come up with a decent answer about how or why GHD occurs, however he did state that it can be treated if it is addressed early enough.
Children with the condition can receive Human Growth Hormone (HGH) injections to encourage their bodies to grow larger and longer.
The injections have to be administered every day and effects can be seen around three to four months later.
This is exactly what happened to Lionel Messi, who was diagnosed with Growth Hormone deficiency at 10 years old.
But HGH treatment can be very expensive. Thankfully for the world renowned footballer, Barcelona paid for his injections when he was recruited by the academy a couple of years after his diagnosis.
Hasbulla has amassed more than 316,000 followers on Instagram and 17,500 followers on TikTok and everyone is waiting for the announcement of his fight with Abdu Rozik.
At this stage the bout is hypothetical, but it's expected to be organised by MMA professional Asxab Tameav.
The head of Russia's Dwarf Athletic Association, Uliana Podpalnaya has issued concern about the potential match and said it would be 'unethical' because it'd be a 'laughing show'.
Speaking to gazeta.ru, Podpalnaya said: "It's not even like a show fight - they [Magomedov and Rozik] get paid a lot of money and it's a show to make people laugh.
"There's nothing serious about this, this isn't sport. This is unethical, wrong, from my point of view.
"It seems to be that only on the one hand it can be correct and beautiful - if martial arts among small people are made a Paralympic sport.
"It could be Judo, Karate, and people will understand that this is a serious sport, serious performances, and not some kind of laughing show.
"Events like this don't draw attention to the sport of little people. If interest in this appears, it's only business a lot of money is being invested in it.
"And from the point of view of the sports career growth of these guys, there are no prospects."