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How can I increase my height? Does exercise help?

Since you produce HGH growth hormone when you exercise, will you grow taller from exercising a lot. Like if I do cardio or some extreme type of exercise, will I grow taller? Also of course with good nutrition and rest. I know genes determine your height and all but is it possible to increase your height potential? Because my dad told me of how his dad exercised when he was young and grew past what he was supposed to be.
Asked On : Tue, 12 Feb 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
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.

So...if you are below the above mentioned age group, then you 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.
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General & Family Physician Dr. Michelle Gibson James's  Response
Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic

Final height is determined primarily from genetics though it may be influenced by diet, activity and if the person had chronic illnesses as a child.
In general, a person reaches their final height in adolescence. At the end of long bones (the bones in the thighs, legs, forearm and arms), in children, there is addition of bone to increase length and height, this stops in adolescence , the area stops making new bone.

This is the reason excess growth hormone is children leads to increased height and in adults leads to increase in size of tissues ( nose, fingers, forehead etc) and not an increase in height.

If you are in early adolescence , it is possible the proper nutrition and exercise may have a positive impact on your height.

I hope this helps
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