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what are some reasons for short stature other than genetics?

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Dr. Soumya Adhikari
Pediatric Endocrinology 20 years experience
Any number of things: Genetics is the largest determinant of most people's height. However, nutritional status, and overall well being play significant roles as well. Someone who is significantly shorter than their genetic height prediction should receive an evaluation which might include testing for systemic illnesses (kidney disease, liver disease, etc) along with hormonal issues (thyroid, growth hormone, etc).

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A 37-year-old member asked:

Possible reasons for short stature other than genetics?

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Dr. Philip Kern
Endocrinology 43 years experience
Nutrition: Poor nutrition, both in terms of total calories and protein, will stunt growth. Every generation of americans are taller than their parents. For the boomers, this was because their parents lived through the depression. Now it is probably over-nutrition that is stimulating more growth (obese kids are often tall, too). Premature puberty will also result in short adult stature.

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Last updated May 4, 2016

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