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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)?

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

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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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 is the disease or diseases where adult stopped growing normally after puberty but then 13 years later started growing in height again out of blue?

Late height growth: I have not experienced this in my practice. When you stop growing the bone does not continue to grow and certainly not 13 years later. There are conditions where certain parts of your bone structure grow but you don't get taller. That condition is acromegaly. Please see your doctor about this. ...Read more

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What other causes other than excessive growth hormone or poss pituitary tumor can cause adult's height to grow again yrs after puberty should've ended?

What other causes other than excessive growth hormone or poss pituitary tumor can cause adult's height to grow again yrs after puberty should've ended?

Normal: situation.. That's why they call them growth spurts. It has to do with genetics. You will stop getting taller when the growth plates (epiphysis) near the ends of the long bones close. This can occur in early childhood as in the case of "little people" or much later into early adulthood. ...Read more

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Any truth that rubbing of legs, sending tingles & chills thru body, causes excess growth hormone & height to increase? I'm an adult way past puberty.

Any truth that rubbing of legs, sending tingles & chills thru body, causes excess growth hormone & height to increase? I'm an adult way past puberty.

No truth : There are a lot of people who want to be taller who would wish you could rub your legs and make it happen... Sorry but there is no truth to that statement. As an adult the growth plates are fused and you will not be getting taller. ...Read more

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Can not having a pubertal growth spurt prolong the time it takes to reach adult height?

Can not having a pubertal growth spurt prolong the time it takes to reach adult height?

Yes: According to your inheritance, your ultimate height is determined by the timing of closure of your bones growth plates. The longer to growth spurt, the longer until plates close, the taller you get. ...Read more

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One of factor determine height is if you enter puberty early you will grow less in height as expected.Is this entering puberty in our own control?

NO: No we can't control when we enter puberty. Most girls start puberty about age ten, but it is normal at age eight. People who are malnourished or who exercise intensely may enter puberty later. A healthy average person has no control over when they enter puberty. If it looks like the girl child is not going to grow above 5 feet (growth charts) the pediatrician will refer to an endocrinologist. ...Read more