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What to do to increase the height of body?

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What to do to increase the height of body
Posted Thu, 27 Jun 2013 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 10 minutes later
Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic

Height is mainly determined by genetics , though food, exercise and disease can also affect a persons final height.

At the end of everyone long bones ( the bones in the arms and legs) there is an area called the epiphyseal plate that is involved in adding bone in childhood and during adolescence.
At the end of the teenage years (very rarely after this time) this area changes and stops adding bone, after this time it is no longer possible to add height.

For this reason if you give growth hormone to a child he or she will grow tall, if you give it to an adult the tissues would widen but there would be no increase in height.
Adults with too much growth hormone have wider fingers, fore head for example but no increase in height.

Some adults find that doing pilates and yoga which increase core strength and stretch the muscles might improve posture and standing and give the impression of increased height.

Unfortunately once a person has passed adolescence and that area at the end of the bone is no longer able to add bone, no further increase in height is possible.

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
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