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A 46-year-old female asked:

A doc said very unusual to be growing taller in your 30s & 40s but one condition is acromegaly. didn't specify other conditions. what could those be?

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Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Good question!: I looked and found out that Hemachromatosis may cause increased height in adults by iron overload in people with the disease. Don't try this at home! It can be toxic. See http://www.medicaldaily.com/iron-overload-may-increase-height-adults-4-tips-look-taller-254239
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Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 40 years experience
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And this was not that they reached their adult height and grew taller later, as closer reading and comparison with the NEJM study shows. But that increased iron in the first two decades in a certain genetic group with hematochromatosis, was hypothesized to explain their taller stature as adults when compared with others in Europe. So that's not the same thing at all!
Oct 19, 2015
Last updated Oct 19, 2015


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