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i'm 5'5" and i'm 16 years old. i don't want any medicine. is there any way to increase height by doing sports or by some diet?

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Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Possibly: Depending on the status of your bone maturity you may have more growth possible or may be done growing. An x-ray of your left hand and wrist can be analysed for bone age, which is a maturity index.If it is more like a 14 yo then you have more growth potential than if it reads out 16 to 18. Balanced nutrition, rest and exercise are the basic needs for you to reach your full height.No sport or diet.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
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Dr. Ramon Garcia-septien
45 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Take protein suplements and dhea.
Answered on Apr 24, 2015
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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No: Only while the growth plates are still open, does height increase. This will be regardless of additional supplements, though healthy diet is important. Most 16 year-old boys are nearly done growing. A bone age x-ray of the left hand can determine how much growth is left.
Answered on Mar 25, 2015

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