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Doctor insights on: Adult Height Prediction

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Child's height prediction calculator with bone age?

Child's height prediction calculator with bone age?

Use with caution...: ...As the simple number spit out by these calculators only tells a small piece of the story. But here's one link: http://growthcalc.Chip.Org/growthcalc. ...Read more

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The prognosis is the predicted outcome or "forecast" for a disease or process. It is only an estimate but is likely based on past experience or data taking into account the individual's overall health status. It may suggest progression of disease ...Read more


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Does prematurity affect final adult height?

Maybe/maybe not: Prematurity is a broad category with survivors occasionally as early as 24 weeks up to more common 36-37. The smaller/earlier the baby the more likely they had or have predisposing factors that may limit final height. The less time in the neonatal ICU and less complications with their care, the less it will alter achieving their genetic potential. ...Read more

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Is it possible to increase my height as an adult?

Is it possible to increase my height as an adult?

Unlikely: The final increases in height are achieved through puberty. You may actually begin to lose height as you age. Erect posture and stretching exercises will help to make the most of your height. ...Read more

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What is the last or latest possible age that a female can grow taller and reach her final adult height?

What is the last or latest possible age that a female can grow taller and reach her final adult height?

When centers close: Linear growth depends on having open growth centers. An x-ray of the wrist/hand is a common site to look for these since so many are available to see. When these centers are closed on x-ray, those in the rest of the body are too. The hormones that signal the transition into puberty accelerate the closure of growth centers. Most stop 3 inches after their first menses.This is usually by 17-18. ...Read more

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My son is 12 and 4'9.5 and about 80 lbs. I am 5'2 and dad is 6'2-6'3. What is my son's predicted adult height.

5'11" or so: The basic height prediction assumes that a kid will achieve the average of both parents plus 2.5 inches in males. His height is about average for a 12 yo so he should be on track to reach 5'11. There are variables, since some kids enter puberty a bit later and finish growing later than others so their might be more. Both mom & dad are treated equally in basic height prediction. ...Read more

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Hello, I am a young adult 21years old. I wanted to know whether those various height increasing medicines really help?

Hello, I am a young adult 21years old. I wanted to know whether those various height increasing medicines really help?

Scams: At age 21, you have almost certainly reached your maximum height. The medicines are promoted by people who know they do not work, but that most people will not ask for their money back (they're embarrassed). You're male, though, and you can add lean muscle at the gym and look great regardless of height; you'll be admired for this and it trumps how tall you are. Good luck. ...Read more

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I know there are thousands of rare diseases but are there any known ones that cause adult height to signif. grow after years of no growth? I'm 39.

That's a strange one: because usually after the ends of the bones fuse in young adulthood, it is not possible for them to lengthen, which is what would be necessary for one to get taller. There is a condition called acromegaly that could cause some bones to get wider, so hands and feet and jaws and forehead can grow. If you are noticing this, you should be checked for pituitary problems. Good luck! ...Read more

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Any truth to what I read--that 1-2 sodas/day, like Mountain Dew, can cause GH levels to rise & increase the height of adults (many yrs past puberty)?

Sadly no: Or we should all buy stock in Coca Cola. Once your bones have reached maturity (the ends fuse) at about 16-18 years of age, you will not grow taller. Only wider. ...Read more

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Can you please specifically list all conditions or diseases that can result or bring on added inches of growth in height in adults years past puberty?

Can you please specifically list all conditions or diseases that can result or bring on added inches of growth in height in adults years past puberty?

Growth: I am not aware of any. Once the growth plates in the bones have fused, you're done. Keep in mind that there are variations between AM and PM based on separation of your vertebrae, and of course there can be errors in measurement. ...Read more

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What causes spontaneous growth spurts in adults? Same height for yrs then out of blue had a growth spurt around 38 another @ 41adding inches to height

Endocrine Disorder: Spontaneous growth spurts in adults is abnormal. Normal human growth ceases by the time we reach 18-20 yo, when the growth plate in our long bones close. Growth is hormonally regulated via pituitary-mediated secretion of growth hormone, GH. Excess GH is concerning for an endocrine disorder, such as a pituitary tumor. Please see your doctor for a full evaluation and referral to an Endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Does weightlifting reduce the height and an adult?

No: Weightlifting does not reduce the height of an adult. The most common cause of loss of height associated with age are degenerative changes in the spine and lower extremities. If the question is can weightlifting in children decrease your ultimate height, it may if done incorrectly. Resistance training can be done in kids but the focus should be on form with low weights and high reps. ...Read more

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Could childhood height correlate with adult height?

Could childhood height correlate with adult height?

It could: Some children go into puberty relatively younger or relatively older than most of their same-gender peers. So a child's height at one point in time may not predict adult height well. This equation is better: boy's final ht = [(mom's ht + 5') + dad's ht]/2. Girl's final ht = [(dad's ht - 5') + mom's ht]/2. The final height should be within 2' (more or less) of the answer to the equation. ...Read more

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How can you predict your child's height as an adult?

Height calculations: Step 1: add parents' height in inches. Step 2: if child is male, add 5 inches to total from step 1. If child is female, subtract 5 inches from total from step 1. Step 3: divide answer from step 2 by 2. This is the predicted adult height of child, give or take 2 inches above or below. ...Read more