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Question: grow taller at 20

 shane - Mon Jan 07, 2008 10:33 am


I am a 20 year old boy with a lanky body.I am desperate to grow taller as i am just 160cm tall.My short height also makes me feel low in self esteem. I would like to know whether i can grow any taller.And also does taking hormone injection helps?
 Debbie Miller, RN - Mon Feb 04, 2008 12:15 pm

User avatar Hello,

I do understand your worry. I'm sorry you feel distressed over this.

Most growth hormones are given for other developmental concerns beyond height and usually when quite young. Of course there is a genetic component to height and not a lot we can do to change that. There are documented cases of growth in men after age 20 though it is not typical. I would recommend overall health habits, excellent nutrition, and weight training to build strength and muscle. Try to accept the body you have. Good health is much more important than height. And, the overall measure of a man is much more than physical size. I hope with maturity you will come to be comfortable with this. I would even recommend some therapy to help your self-esteem. Also, develop skills, abilities, and interests that will also help your psyche.

Best wishes to you.

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