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A 17-year-old male asked:

im 17 years old is there anyway to grow taller before im 18 and .. done ?

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Dr. Paul Harper
General Surgery 52 years experience
No: You are what you are and you will be what you will be. This is for the most part controlled by your genetics. That you cannot change. Good luck to you.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Unlikely to happen: At seventeen your growth centers have likely closed and you are unlikely to grow taller.If you want to know for sure an x-ray of your wrist/ hand can be analysed for bone maturity & tell if the growth centers remain open to new growth.Good nutrition, rest and exercise allow a person to reach their tallest height while the opposite will stunt growth.

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Last updated Jul 3, 2016

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