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Masturbation. Does it affect height growth?

Hello doctor,
I am Rahul of age 18yrs and 0f weight around 65 kgs . My height is 5.8 and I always dream if getting taller even my dad is 6.0 ft.i recently read an article that masterbating stops growth is that truth , if so how can I stop it and increase height ;can men increase height after 18 yrs.
Your precious advice highly expected ,
Asked On : Sun, 7 Apr 2013
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Jun 2015
Hello Rahul,

First of all remove all myths & misconceptions from your mind about masturbation.
In fact, Masturbation is completely normal & doesn't have any bad effect to the body and mind.

Height of an individual is determined by Genetics, Environmental & Nutritional factors and Hormonal factors (most important the Growth Hormone secreted by pituitary gland in brain)
An individual stops growing in height after the fusion of the Epiphyses (growth plates) of the long bones, which occurs by the age of 19-22 yrs in males. may still have a chance of achieving your dream height.

Make sure that you are taking a healthy & balanced diet, exercise regularly & avoid stress.
Protein rich diet like soya, groundnut, pulses, etc should be incorporated in your diet plan.

One more thing...avoid consuming any over the counter medication which claim to boost your growth hormone & increase may be harmful.

Wishing you Good Health.
Thanks and take care.
Answered: Sun, 7 Apr 2013
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