An experienced businessman and entrepreneur, Edgar Alacan is the co-founder of Jets.Com. Edgar Alacan is also on the board of directors at PietrosFight.org, which organizes events to raise awareness on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is a common form of muscular dystrophy that weakens the muscles. It is a life-threatening genetic condition that causes the death of most people that have it. The symptoms of the condition begin ever since a child is born, and typically the life expectancy of a person with DMD is up to 30 years.
The condition results in muscular deterioration and can be diagnosed through creatine phosphokinase tests. A study conducted for this disease reveals that a person's life expectancy can be increased if the patients with a few specific symptoms are treated better.
The study revealed that people who die early with this condition are underweight, and their lungs and heart do not function properly. Treating these problems more aggressively is crucial in raising the life expectancy of people with DMD. According to researchers, there are also gene editing strategies and practices that are believed to help cure this disease in the future.