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Why do men stop growing taller after 20 and girls at 18?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Nature: Your numbers are off a bit.Most women stop at 16-17 and men at 17-18 as a response to the hormones that drive puberty.These hormones tell the growth centers to finish and solidify in preparation for adult life. The growth centers are a weaker bone feature that are subject to greater risk of injury, once closed, the weakness is gone as is the potential for more linear growth.
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