Wednesday, December 12, 2012
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Your body will continue to get taller until the growth plates on your bones close. People stop growing at different ages. You might stop growing in your mid teens. Or you might continue growing into your twenties. How tall you get is mainly determined by how long your long bones are.
If you believe you are not as tall as you should be, you might have have an absence of a growth hormone. Your doctor can run tests to find out if you lack this hormone. It's quite possible! I've found that some symptoms of this loss of growth hormone include arthritis and a severe changing of your facial features.
An article written by Oregon State University researchers states, "For persons with a documented absence of growth hormone, administration of this hormone can help them to acheive 'normal' stature, but this is indicated only for persons clearly way below normal growth curves and a documented (by lab tests) deficiency. Growth hormone given after bones have stopped growing (for example at 22) would be more likely to induce acromegaly. This is a disease seen in persons that secrete too much growth hormone. The symptoms are significant corsening of facial features, hyperplasia of joints and severe arthritis."
If your doctor finds that your bones are abnormally short, this can be corrected through a process called articial stretching. Your bones
will be broken and the bone parts will be attached piece by piece to steel rods that can increase the length of your bones, and thus, make
you taller. This is said to have a high success rate but is painful.