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Growing Taller
Posted by: May
Date: February 27, 2002 6:39 PM

I am a 20 year old female, 5' 5-6", 125 lbs. My dad is 5' 7-8" and my mom is 5' 4-5" tall. I would like to know is it possible for me to increase my height a couple of inches naturally? If so, what kinds things can I do that would help? I have heard of exercising, drinking milk or products with calcium and vitamin D, and getting enough sleep. What is the age range for a female's growth spurt? What can stunt a persons growth?

RE: Growing Taller
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: February 27, 2002 7:46 PM

The long bones normally fuse at around age 18 and that is it on growing taller. Malnutrition and hormone deficiency (especially growth hormone) can "stunt" growth, but this obviously does not apply to you. There are parts of the body which continue to grow very slowly throughout life: nose and feet.



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