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A 19-year-old member asked:

What factors increase height of mine?

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Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Genes: Mostly genetics .Swimming, basketball , sleep and eating healthy plays a role.
Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Genetics & nutrition: Of course genetics are the primary factor influencing the final adult height. However, good nutrition is also important. A well-balanced diet with adequate caloric intake, calcium and vitamin d will help to make sure growth is optimal. Your peditrician should be monitoring growth in regular intervals such that any problems with adequate height growth velocity are identified in a timely fashion.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Not much if grown: Once you are 2 years past your first menstrual cycle or are a man and 25, you will probably be at your final height and nothing will help you grow more. Factors that influence height are genetic. Usually you are going to be somewhere between your mother's and your father's height. Occasionally you can be taller but it is rare.
Dr. Cory Annis
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 29 years experience
Not in your control: How tall you are going to be from heel to head is based on a genetic gift from your parents that you can't refund. You can take care of that gift by eating real food, exercising daily. Big tip: learn to look people in the eye when you talk/listen with your head up & shoulders back.You'll always appear taller. Spending too much time with computers shrinks your front chest muscles & shortens you.

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What are the growth factors that you could use to your advantage to increase height?

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Dr. Paul Kaplowitz
Pediatric Endocrinology 45 years experience
Nothing would help: If you are asking this about yourself, the completion of your growth was probably between the ages of 14 and 18, and once that point is reached, the growth plates have closed and no hormones or growth factors will allow your height to increase

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