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Short in height, wanted to grow taller. Is it hereditary?

Hi! I am a 19 year old boy. And I was just curious about my height, since when I was young I was very tall for my age. But in early teens I basicly stopped growing, there is some history in my family about men in my age and early 20s getting growth spurts. I am just curious about possibilities and such, I am 5,6 feet right now. But would like ofcourse to grow taller. Is there any such way?
Asked On : Thu, 14 Feb 2013
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Jun 2015
Hello dear...

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 19-21 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.
One more thing...avoid consuming any over the counter medication which claim to increase may be harmful.

Wishing you Good Health.
Thanks and take care
Answered: Wed, 27 Feb 2013
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