Down Syndrome is one of the most common genetic disorders – and it’s also one of the most misunderstood. Despite the fact that the disorder has spent a considerable amount of time in the spotlight and under the scrutiny of the public eye, there are still some things that many people don’t know. With that in mind, here we present our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about Down Syndrome. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!
Number Fifteen: The Cause of Down Syndrome Is Still Unknown
Despite the genetic disorder’s prevalence, its cause is still largely unknown. Though it has been correlated with several different things, one exact cause has not been identified.
Number Fourteen: It’s the Most Common Genetic Condition in the World
Specifically, the syndrome is the most common chromosomal condition in the world. One out of every 691 babies born has Down Syndrome.
Number Thirteen: Almost Half a Million People Are Living With it in the United States
It’s true! There are currently 400,000 people living with the condition today. You may have even interacted with one of them without realizing it.
Number Twelve: The Life Expectancy for Kids With Down Syndrome Is Much Better Than it Used to Be
The life expectancy for a child born with the condition was just 25 years old in 1983. Now, that life expectancy has more than doubled! It’s 60 years old today. Though that’s still not ideal, significant advancements have been made.
Number Eleven: Public Schools Are Required to Provide Affected People With Free Education
Kids with Down Syndrome are entitled to a free education catered specifically to them. This has been the case since the 1970s.
Number Ten: Most Babies With the Condition Weren’t Born to Older Mothers
There’s a stigma surrounding mothers older than 35 that they’re more likely to give birth to babies with certain disorders. However, the truth is that 80 percent of babies with the condition are born to mothers who are younger than 35 years old.
Number Nine: There Are three Different Types
The condition manifests itself in three different ways in a person’s chromosomal structure. The first and most common way is trisomy 21, which accounts for 95 percent of all cases. Another way is translocation, which accounts for four percent of cases, and finally, mosaicism accounts for the final one percent. Stay tuned for part two of our list of 15 things you didn’t know about Down Syndrome, coming soon!