The biggest hands

Jeff Dabe‘s monster forearms measure 49cm in circumference!
The 50-year-old arm wrestler, officially owns the world’s largest hands. His hands have such a large span that he’s able to hold a basketball in each hand. He doesn’t suffer from any genetic abnormalities or gigantism; he was simply born this way.

The Minnesota Mammoth was once a hand-wrestling prodigy in the 70s but disaster struck in 1986 at the Over-the-Top competition. He has 19 inch forearms and came out of retirement in 2012, this time competing solely with his left. The Real Life Popeye prepares for matches by doing farm chares, lifting equipment and chopping wood.

Gigantism is abnormal growth due to an excess of growth hormone during childhood.

The most common cause of too much growth hormone release is a noncancerous (benign) tumor of the pituitary gland. Other causes include:

  • Genetic disease that affects the skin color (pigmentation) and causes benign tumors of the skin, heart, and endocrine (hormone) system (Carney complex)
  • Genetic disease that affects the bones and skin pigmentation (McCune-Albright syndrome)
  • Genetic disease in which one or more of the endocrine glands are overactive or form a tumor (Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1)
  • Disease in which tumors form on the nerves of the brain and spine (neurofibromatosis)

If excess growth hormone occurs after normal bone growth has stopped, the condition is known as acromegaly.


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