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is it possible to grow taller after 16

A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tanya Russo
24 years experience Pediatrics
Growth potential: After puberty, most men and women do not experience much increase in height. The best way to maximize your height is through balanced nutrition, good ... Read More

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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
35 years experience Podiatry
Tough to stop: At 18 years old, your growth plates are still open, so some degree of growth will continue. The last of the growth plates usually close between 18-22 ... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tracie Leonhardt
28 years experience Emergency Medicine
Growing taller: Once your growth plates have closed off in your bones you will stop growing. There is not drug to change this. Growth hormone can only be used to i ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brad Eilerman
19 years experience Endocrinology
Growth: If you are continuing to grow into adulthood, you need to be evaluated for excessive growth hormone.
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
39 years experience Holistic Medicine
Unlikely but maybe: Most men stop growing around age 18- but occasionally some will grow until age 21 or so. Taking measures to increase your production of growth hormone ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience Pediatrics
Very unlikely: Any further linear growth potential after age 16 in postpubertal girl is minimal, less than 1/2 in.
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gregory Hines
23 years experience Family Medicine
No: Once you have grown your height, you cannot stretch yourself to be taller.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Depends on bone age: The potential additional length anyone can expect depends on areas in the long bones (arms, legs, fingers)called growth plates. This is where growth o ... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
29 years experience Geriatrics
Depends . . .: First get your family doc to measure your height. If height <2%tile for age, then check bone age via xrays. If bones fused, won't get any taller w/ ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Braden Richmond
28 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Due to gravity and hormones, the joints of the foot relax, and the spaces between the joints may grow. This, along with fluid retention normal in pre ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
Most growth complete: Most makes stop growing at 17 or 18 but there are few exceptions and I have seen rarely kids grow after they are in college .However most girls stop ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
No: That is not likely. Normally your last growth spurt takes place toward the end of puberty. Take care.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jack Rubin
47 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Masturbation age: One does not gain anything by waiting to be older to masturbate.
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Kern
42 years experience Endocrinology
Probably not: David robinson (former san antonio spur) grew from 6'6" to 7' after age 18, but this is unusual. With puberty, the testosterone causes a growth spurt, ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Not really: We are all unique. You can't change the genetics of your fingers.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carrie Cannon
32 years experience Family Medicine
Becoming shorter: People who develop compression vertebral fractures from osteoporosis do lose height.
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Unlikely to happen: You are most likely to reach your tallest potential height by following a healthy diet, getting appropriate sleep & and remaining physically active.No ... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ew Christensen
27 years experience Family Medicine
Usually not: The growth plate of the long bones in the body are closed at age 30 and further growth in height is unlikely. However, there are many that grow in ci ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Imtiaz Chaudhry
26 years experience Facial Plastic Surgery
Within few months: After the last course of the chemo, hair buds start growing but may take few months to fully appear.
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Suggs
36 years experience Ophthalmology
Possible: While possible, not probable, especially of medically induced. First, find the cause by seeking medical advise. Then it can be determined if treatme ... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
39 years experience Holistic Medicine
May be too late but: I am sorry to tell you that most men stop growing around age 18- but occasionally some will grow until age 21 or so. Taking measures to increase your ... Read More
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