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Can height be increased after eighteen years of age?

Hi.

I'm 18 years old, and have always been quite short for my age (though still pretty average - about 5"9 now). 2 months ago I went to a chiropractor and he said my growth plates (he took an x-Ray of my hips and back) were still wide open and I would be a 'very big boy'.
I have been taking vitamins supposed to boost natural hgh production since, but I've only grown about half an inch.

I guess I'm just worried that somehow he made a mistake or something. I play high level sports and a few extra inches would really be of great help.

My mother is 5"6 and my father 6"00

What do you think?
Thu, 6 Oct 2016
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Dentist 's  Response
Hi Dear,

Welcome to HCM.

Understanding your concern. As per your query your age is 18 years and your height is 5 feet 9 inches and and you want to increase it. Height of a person increases by the time epiphyseal plates in the long bones don't fuse and these plates ideally fuse around 21 years of age. As you are of 18 years and X-rays showed your plates are still wide open so chances of growth are very high. Once these plates fuse then there is no further growth. You should try to drink plenty of water and have a non stressful life. You should take healthy diet such as protein rich diet like soya, groundnut, pulses, etc.

Hope your concern has been resolved.

Get Well Soon.

Best Wishes,
Dr. Harry Maheshwari
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Can height be increased after eighteen years of age?

Hi Dear, Welcome to HCM. Understanding your concern. As per your query your age is 18 years and your height is 5 feet 9 inches and and you want to increase it. Height of a person increases by the time epiphyseal plates in the long bones don t fuse and these plates ideally fuse around 21 years of age. As you are of 18 years and X-rays showed your plates are still wide open so chances of growth are very high. Once these plates fuse then there is no further growth. You should try to drink plenty of water and have a non stressful life. You should take healthy diet such as protein rich diet like soya, groundnut, pulses, etc. Hope your concern has been resolved. Get Well Soon. Best Wishes, Dr. Harry Maheshwari