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Does gymnastics stunt growth or delay puberty in boys or girls?

Does gymnastics stunt growth or delay puberty in boys or girls?

Competitive: Gymnasts are often small people. Some studies argue that a chronic calorie deficiency compounded by an extraordinary amount of exercise may stunt growth, while others don't. We do know that delayed puberty is common among gymnasts, swimmers and runners, particularly in girls. Hypothalamic amenorrhea is often seen in these girls. Kids in less competitive gymnastics may not have problems. ...Read more

Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Puberty (Definition)

Puberty is the normal condition in which a humans physically change from child to a teenage pre-adult who is able to reproduce (become fertile, able to have children). Pubertal development is divided into 5 stages by appearance (Tanner stages). Adolescence is time when puberty occurs, and includes ...Read more


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What can cause delayed puberty in girls?

What can cause delayed puberty in girls?

Multiple causes: Delayed puberty results from disruption of the hormones regulating periods. Often delayed puberty is familial, with a family history of later periods. Weight loss, low weight or intense exercise causing low body weight can disrupt hormonal balance. Occasionally it can be a genetic issue like turner's syndrome. If the delay is significantly past 12 to 13 y old, then a workup is in order. ...Read more

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How to delay puberty in girls naturally?

Can't: No healthy way to do naturally. If extremely early ("precocious puberty") is done pharmaceutically. ...Read more

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Can gymnastics delay growth spurt?

Can gymnastics delay growth spurt?

Should Not: With normal diet and normal amounts of exercise, no. But extremes may affect pubertal growth. ...Read more

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Can delay puberty stunt a teenager's growth? I started puberty late and never get a catch up growth spurt like my peers... Any connection to smoking?

Can delay puberty stunt a teenager's growth? I started puberty late and never get a catch up growth spurt like my peers... Any connection to smoking?

Smoking is bad: While delayed puberty is usually associated with a taller stature (testosterone closes the bone's growth plates), smoking is associated with stunted growth. Studies have shown smoking can decrease your height by 1in or more. Smoking can also prevent the proper growth of your lungs and causes chronic changes that can cause COPD and increase your risk of lung cancer. ...Read more

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Studies have shown that letrozole delay growth plates closure in boys. Can girls get the same results?

Studies have shown that letrozole delay growth plates closure in boys. Can girls get the same results?

Not a large number: Of studies using this Aromatase Inhibitor alone to delay puberty are avalable. Ultimate fusion of the growth plates is estrogen-dependent in boys & girls, so it may help slow down epiphysial maturation & allow greater height potential in any teen with short stature, but significant side effects can occur. Contact Dr. Mitchell E. Geffner at the
Saban Research Institute, CHLA, LA, CA, for more info ...Read more

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Can boys gymnastics stunt their growth?

Temporarily: High intensity sports such as gymnastics can delay onset of puberty and delay growth spurts. It is not permanent. ...Read more

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Can being overweight stunt growth before puberty?

Can being overweight stunt growth before puberty?

No: To the contrary to the general belief, linear growth of overweight children is generally enhanced. ...Read more

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Do any sports stunt growth during puberty or stop a period from coming sooner?

Do any sports stunt growth during puberty or stop a period from coming sooner?

If intense: We see this in particular in girls who are doing sports like gymnastics, ballet or other intense training like distance running. We call it "female athlete triad" One of the reasons it is dangerous for girls is that it is essential for you to create your best bone mass over these years. Keep in mind the average girl in the US will start her period at age 12, but many certainly start later! ...Read more

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How to regain growth spurt? I didn't excercize or ate well at puberty (mom passed away) and smoked hookah daily, which of the above can stunt growth?

At maximum height: At 22 it is likely that you have finished growing + have reached your maximum height. It is hard to say if reached your height potential without knowing your height or the height of your parents. If you are experiencing extended grief (longer than 6 months), are having difficulty with exercise and eating and think are hooked on the hookah- it may be wise to talk with your doctor about depression. ...Read more

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Does delayed puberty affect the growth of the spine/torso?

Not usually as the: Same body signals fir puberty are the same for skeletal maturity/growth unless there is a medical condition or a syndrome related to the delay that may also manifest itself in terms of the spine. ...Read more

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Will late puberty result in the delay of growth for sports?

Will late puberty result in the delay of growth for sports?

Likely yes: When kids go through puberty their growth rates increase and they get stronger. This would happen later in a child with pubertal delay. ...Read more

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Why in thalssemia major child will develop stunted growth and delayed in puberty?

Why in thalssemia major child will develop stunted growth and delayed in puberty?

Poor oxygen/nutrient: Thalessemia major is a genetric disorder which can and typically cause significant /severe anmia. The normal blood is essential to carry oxygen and nutrients to all organs/body tissues. A child with severe anemia will likely experience stunned growth/pubertal development because of pooor oxygen/nutrients needed for propper growth/development. Many have shortened lifespan. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am curious if delayed puberty can affect your growth then how much exactly does it affect your growth?

No exact answer: Boys with delayed puberty are most often late bloomers and have their pubertal growth spurts later than their peers. More recent studies suggest that final height potential isn't lost because these boys do catch up. ...Read more

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If marijuana can reduce testerone, if used heavily before puberty can it delay my growth hormones.

If marijuana can reduce testerone, if used heavily before puberty can it delay my growth hormones.

Marijuana Risks: Unfortunately, there is evidence that marijuana can lead to aggressive testicular cancer. In addition, the smoking of marijuana is associated with the potential to affect growth and fertility as well. ...Read more

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What impact there's for losing mother at the age of 2 on kid's growth? I had delayed puberty and afraid I'm short bc of it. It leads me to smoke heavy

What impact there's for losing mother at the age of 2 on kid's growth? I had delayed puberty and afraid I'm short bc of it. It leads me to smoke heavy

Not Directly: The loss of a parent, by itself, has no affect on growth. If the loss led to poor nutrition, smoking or other bad habits, then these could affect a child's growth. Puberty/height is primarily genetic.

If you are able to check with family members, you may be able to average out the height and age of puberty on both sides to determine if you are delayed/short. ...Read more

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No mom since 3yo, grew with dad only during puberty, ate junk food alot, stress a lot, delay puberty, smoked hookah for 2y, 5'7, dad's 5'9, stunted growth?

No mom since 3yo, grew with dad only during puberty, ate junk food alot, stress a lot, delay puberty, smoked hookah for 2y, 5'7, dad's 5'9, stunted growth?

Height growth: Height growth can be a product of genetics as well as environmental factors. There isn't much you can do to change the past, but you can focus on being healthy now. Eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, get adequate sleep and avoid drugs/alcohol/and smoking. Some boys have a second smaller growth spurt after their teens, but that depends mostly on family history. ...Read more

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Late puberty compared to the other girls. Is my growth normal? Will my chest catch up?

GROWTH: Every person has a different growth pattern or percentile but are all normal. A 10 th percentile child is smaller than a 75 th percentile. Pls. Consult your peds. ...Read more

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Can delayed puberty lead to final short stature? I grow up w/ dad only and didn't have a mother care during my growth, can it affect my growth?

Delayed puberty: If anything delayed puberty should add some height to your stature. Not having a mother may not have had an effect on your growth since it is ubpnder hormonal control. ...Read more

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I am 19 being treated for delayed puberty what are the negative effects putting androgel on my penis? (genitals are underdeveloped) possible growth?

I am 19 being treated for delayed puberty what are the negative effects putting androgel on my penis? (genitals are underdeveloped) possible growth?

Not correct: If your testosterone level was normal before you started androgel, using this med will not help you. Androgel should be applied to the upper body, shoulders, not to the penis. Applying it on the penis will not work correctly. ...Read more

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I am 18 with delayed puberty. Which testosterone therapy method is most effective to achieve full male development? (penis growth, facial hair ect.)

I am 18 with delayed puberty. Which testosterone therapy method is most effective to achieve full male development? (penis growth, facial hair ect.)

No single best way: No testosterone therapy is best for all. Each one has its pros ; cons. Can you tolerate shots? Are you allergic to adhesives? Is fertility an issue? (i'm referring to men in general) are you sure you're just delayed as opposed to some other cause? Doc who diagnosed you w/delayed puberty ie one who did complete evaluation to rule out other causes, should also discuss treatment options w/you. ...Read more

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Is penis and facial hair growth typical with androgel at a dose of 50 mg for a 19 year old with delayed puberty? I just want to know what to expect...

Should be both: However, an injection of testosterone weekly or every two weeks until you are thru puberty would be my preferred method of treatment as it is, in my opinion, much more reliable. Suggest you discuss this with your endocrinologist, or get a second opinion from an endocrinologist if you are treated by a different specialist. ...Read more