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Can you grow taller after 18?
07 Mar 2022
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Many people are insecure about their height. It’s not a new thing. Short people always want to grow taller and tall people often want to get a bit shorter. Unfortunately, there isn’t much that we can do about it rather than take proper nutrients at the growing phase of your life.

Yes, the growing phase that’s between your birth to the age of 18 on average. So can you grow taller after 18 years of age? 

 Some people claim that good nutrition and some specific exercise might help you to grow even after you become an adult. In this article, we talk about whether it’s possible to grow after the age of 18 and at what age do you stop growing taller.

What determines one’s height?

Before knowing if it’s possible to grow after 18, it’s reasonable to know about what determines a person’s height.  

Generally, height is determined by genetics. But a recent study on twins says that it’s estimated 60–80% of the difference in height between people is due to genetics and 20 – 40% of height differences in people are determined by their living environmental factors like nutrients. 

So it’s true what nutritionists and dieticians say about kids, healthy and nutritional food is important for a kid’s growth. But can an adult grow any taller? let us see what factors influence height growth

  1. Genetics 

An estimation method called the “mid parental method” shows us the idea of how genetics influence a child’s height.

  • Add the heights of the child’s mother and father together and divide by two.
  • If the child is a boy, add 2.5 inches. If the child is a girl, subtract 2.5 inches.

A male child’s dad is 5’11” and mom is 5’4,” the child will likely be around 5’10.” This method is just a rough guide, not an exact prediction.

  1. Nutrition

We know genetics play an important role in height growth. After genetics as a factor, nutrition plays another important role in determining one’s height. Protein deficiency is the common nutrient deficiency that limits height along with vitamin A, D, and minerals. When studies were conducted on children who don’t get one or more essential nutrients, they had a lower growth rate.

  1. Genetic disorders

Several health and genetic conditions can lead to growth inhibitions. They are usually termed as a syndrome.

  • Turner syndrome
  • Achondroplasia 
  • Down syndrome 
  • Russel silver syndrome
  1. Health conditions
  • Bone disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Heart disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Asthma ,medicines used to treat asthma, such as inhaled steroids, may affect growth.
  • Anaemia

Growth after 18

Even though some may say that it’s possible to grow taller after a teen in adulthood it is not scientifically proven or accurate. The growth phase of an average human being is said to be until the age of 18.  So There’s little you can do to influence your height once your growth plates fuse after a certain age. Even regular exercise and a healthy diet are unlikely to influence your height.

But changes can be made in your postures which will straighten your spine. Even Though it won’t make your bones grow any longer it can set your appearance to seem taller. Few ways with which you can straighten your posture are:

  • Regular stretching

Stretching exercises can straighten your muscles and relax them. It can make your postures right

  • Sitting with good posture regularly

Always relax, sit and sleep in an ideal posture and grow that as a habit.

  • Strengthening your core

Strengthening your core and adding muscles to support body parts improves your body balance and then your posture.

  • Avoid slouching
  • Regular exercise

Start an exercise routine and follow it.

These are the basic things experts often advise to get taller. Remember everyone is made different and so is their genetics, results can vary from person to person according to it. If you think you need a second opinion on your concerns it is recommended that you seek help from a doctor.

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