A million dollar question. Isn’t it? There are many adults who would like to be taller. A lot of them are searching for the answer for this question online and offline. You may even find a good number of answers, solutions, medicines, techniques, videos etc. offering to increase your height. To find the right answer, first we need to understand what determines the height of a human being.
What decides your height?
The height a person reaches as an adult is a result of their genes as well as general health and nutrition during their years of growth. Normal growth is controlled by certain hormones such as
- Growth hormone, made in the pituitary gland, which is the most important factor.
- Sex hormones, testosterone or estrogen, which is important for growth during puberty.
- Thyroid hormone.
Is there any particular age that you stop growing your height?
Bones increase in length because of growth plates in the bones called epiphyses. As puberty progresses, the growth plates mature, and at the end of puberty they fuse and stop growing. The whole of the skeleton does not stop growing at the same time; hands and feet stop first, then arms and legs, with the last area of growth being the spine. Growth slows down and stops when a child has gone all the way through puberty and has reached an adult stage of development. This means that growth does not stop at a particular age, but children who are ‘early developers’ will stop growing before late developers. After the growth plates fuse, there is no more increase in height, and we all then shrink gradually as we get older.
Can anything help to increase height?
Height cannot be altered once someone has stopped growing. Treatment can only change the height of children in very limited circumstances. Once the skeleton has stopped growing, no medical (drug) treatments will increase height.
A surgical procedure where the leg bones are sawn and then gradually stretched apart can increase the length of the bones and so increase height. Because there is a risk of complications like fracture and infection, this procedure is not normally performed to increase height in adults.
These things will never make you taller.
There are many myths concerning growing taller/ height increasing. Believe me.
These things will never make you taller.
- Basket ball.
- Stretching and Yoga.
- Hanging exercises.
- Salt in your shoes.
- Magnet in your shoes.
- Miracle pills.
Do exercises make me taller?
There is no reason to think that your height will be affected by GH released through exercise for that reason and there is no evidence to back up that claim.
Hanging exercise will decompress your spinal disks allowing you to gain as much as half inch in the middle of the day, but the gains will last only for few hours.
There is a controversial, expensive, painful, high risk surgery with a very long recovery time called distraction orthogenesis. They break your tibia and fibula then affix a device to keep them separated.
The complications are
- The new bone may not form solidly and there’s a good chance of breakage within 2-3 months.
- The new bone may not form in the proper angle.
- You might not grow the expected 2-3 inches.
- Your leg lengths may not be even afterwards.
- An infection can be catastrophic.
Other alternatives – Shoes that make you look taller
It is very clear that nothing can make you grow taller after a specific age. But there are other options to make you look taller without letting others know the secret. These shoes are known as elevator shoes. The shoes are designed in a particular fashion that the heels of the shoes are hidden inside the shoes. From outside it may look like any other normal shoes, but it can make you look taller up to 4 inches. One of the leading brand in this area is Elevato .You may find out a few of these models by clicking the below link
Height is not everything
In closing, there’s nothing wrong with being short. Some of the most powerful men in the world have been short. Your height doesn’t make you a better person, it doesn’t make you more attractive or less attractive, at least to people that matter. What matters more than anything else is how you project yourself. The more confident you are, the more you can accomplish and that has nothing to do with your height.
Make the most of who you are. It doesn’t matter if people physically look down on you right now if you can make your mark on history.