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Do really stretching exercises make you taller ? i am 17 and i am trying to get taller i want scientific reason for that . :)

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Dr. James Burns
Emergency Medicine 37 years experience
Stretching: affects muscles, tendons and ligaments but has no affects on bone growth, Vertical height is genetically determined and that is maximized by maintaining a good diet, avoiding joint injury, and staying active. We all have to play the cards we are dealt. Sorry if you are disappointed but there is no changing this with our present understanding.
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
No: Your height is genetically programmed. Though your epiphyseal plates fuses at about 25 years making further growth impossible, most people have completed most of their growth by 18 or 19 years old. Good luck

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