The 2010, 2011 and 2012 editions of Guinness World Records recognize Sultan Kesen (born December 10, 1982) as the world’s tallest living person. He also has the largest arms (11.22 inches or 28.5 centimeters) and the largest legs (14.4 inches or 36.5 centimeters). The tallest man in the world lives in Turkey.
Sultan Kesen is also the owner of the largest custom made shoes and gloves along with pants and T-shirts. Most men can buy their clothes in a department store, but at this height, finding clothes is almost impossible. It’s amazing that Kösen is still growing. In 2011, he grew 8 feet 2 inches.
According to the Book of Records, Sultan Kesen is the tallest living person in the world, reaching an average height of 8 feet 1 inches (246.5 cm). He was first measured in Ankara, Turkey in February 2009. He defeated Bao Xishun (Inner Mongolia, China) who stood at 7ft 8.95in (236cm). However, he was still growing and at a later meeting with America’s then tallest man George Bell, Sultan Kesen was measured at 8 feet 2 inches tall. On February 8, 2011 Sultan Kesen was measured in Ankara, Turkey at 8 feet 3 inches (251.4 cm).
Kesen came to the University of Virginia in 2010 to have UVa doctors help treat a tumor in his pituitary gland that was causing excess growth hormone and gigantism. Previous, failed attempts to stop Kosen’s growth have made the UVa team’s job much harder. Doctor UVa put Kosen on medication to help balance his hormone levels. Dr. Jason Shian (a UVa neurosurgeon) used an instrument called a gamma knife to remove a tumor that was too deep in Kosen’s brain for conventional surgery. The technique used concentrated beams of radiation. This operation was completely different than if it were a person of normal size. Special equipment was brought in from Sweden to match Kosen’s skull. In early 2012, Turkish doctors confirmed that Kösen had stopped growing.
The world’s tallest man was unable to complete his training due to his extreme height, but worked as a farmer to support his family. Sultan Kesen has three brothers and a sister, all of normal height. His growth rate has increased since the age of 10 due to a tumor that stimulated too much release of somatotropin from his pituitary gland. The tumor was successfully removed and it was thought to have stopped growing in 2008, but more recent measurements have shown that it continued to grow for another 2 years, hence the need for additional surgery. He uses canes and tires quickly if he is standing on his feet.
Another contender for the title of the tallest man in the world is Ukrainian Leonid Stadniuk, who claims to be 10.5 centimeters taller than the Sultan. Stadniuk did not make the list because he refused to be measured by Guinness World Records officials. Photographic evidence of Leonid Stadniuk shows that he is approximately 7 feet 7 inches (231.1 cm) tall, 8 inches shorter than Sultan Kesen. Guinness Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday traveled to Turkey to personally validate Sultan Kesen’s height to strict guidelines, measuring him three times in one day because the body expands and contracts throughout the day.
Having become a famous record holder, Sultan has since traveled to England, Germany, Austria, USA, Iceland, Spain, the Netherlands (twice), Belgium, Norway, Romania, Cuba (3 times), Hong Kong, Thailand and Brazil.
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