Making myself taller
Category: Health > Men's Health
Asked by: randomgoogler-ga
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23 Jul 2002 10:25 PDT
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Question ID: 44178
I am an 18 year old male with slightly less than average height (5'7", 5'8", around there). However, average must include a much broader group of people than I am exposed to as I am the shortest male of all my friends and collegues. Is there any way I can increase my height at this point? Doing some google searches finds some shady material for special insoles that activate your pituitary (spelling?) gland and some pills. I doubt both the efficacy and safety of these programs. Is there anything else out there? Possibly some stretches I could do? I'm not looking for a large increase, just a few inches.
Re: Making myself taller
Answered By: actualwolf-ga on 23 Jul 2002 15:26 PDT
Hello Randomgoogler- After a lengthy search I found that there is no proven easy way to grow taller. Especially not with simple stretches or pills. There are several exercise programs that claim to straighten your posture and give a "taller appearance". The most popular of these is Stott-Pilates Exercises. There are two proven medical procedures that can increase your height, Human Growth Hormone Replacement and Limb Lengthening Surgery. Unfortunately both can have negative side effects. _Limb Lengthening surgery_ The surgery was originally used to help correct deformities (i/e: severe asymmetry in the limbs) but has recently been used to increse the height of "Little People" (dwarves and people born with achondroplasia). Though this procedure is controversial within the LP community, it can be viewed as a "necessary" medical procedure, whereas yours would be for vanity and not covered by surgery. I don't think you'd be able to find an ethical surgeon to perform the operation, even if you could afford it. It's probably much more than you're willing to go through since it takes several years, and the potential complications include: bending/twisting of the bone at the site where it is cut, nerve damage, and paralysis of the limb. _Human Growth Hormone Replacement_ In the US Human Growth Hormone is available by prescription only for regimented treatment; any place that is offering it for sale over the counter is either operating illegally or selling something else. Some foreign countries such as Mexico sell it without prescription. Be warned however, HGH will not just make you taller, it will make you bigger all around. It was recently implicated in the Major League Baseball streoids scandal. Human Growth Hormone will make you taller, but not safely so. It sounds like your best bet is the aforementioned Stotts Pilate Exercises. Information about Pilates is included in the useful links section of this answer. If nothing works, don't worry. If you are only 18 there is still a chance that you will grow taller. hope this information sufficiently answers your question, -actualwolf. Useful Links International Center for Limb Lengthening http://www.mcllr.com/ A _Detroit News_ article about limb lengthening surgery http://detnews.com/2001/health/0108/01/a05-256978.htm Recent Sports Illustrated story on steroid and HGH abuse in baseball http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/si_online/special_report/steroids/ FAQs from US organizations that practice Stotts/Pilates http://www.iowastottpilates.com/stottpilates.htm http://www.thefitmindandbody.com/faq.html http://www.studiolotus.com/ Articles about Human Growth Hormone Replacement http://neurosurgery.mgh.harvard.edu/e-f-944.htm http://www.usdoctor.com/hgh.htm Sites Used International Center for Limb Lengthening http://www.mcllr.com/ Little People of America, Inc http://www.lpaonline.org/ The Detroit News http://www.detnews.com CNN/Sports Illustrated http://www.cnnsi.com Search Strategy dwarf grow taller stretches +taller "limb lengthening surgery" "limb lengthening surgery" +"side effects" pilates exercises taller human growth hormone side effects "human growth hormone" baseball
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Re: Making myself taller
From: rebeccam-ga on 23 Jul 2002 12:32 PDT
Randomgoogler, I'm posting this as a comment because it's just based on my personal experience, but there's an excercise system you may have heard of called Pilates that might be a great help... It was developed by Joseph Pilates - he was interned in England during WWI and became a nurse, and began developing the system by attaching springs to hospital beds so immobilized patients could excercise. The system was traditionally used by dancers, until it caught on with the public in recent years. The excercises focus on the core abdonimal and back muscles. Strengthening and toning these muscles leads to improved posture, and a leaner, taller appearance. (I have tried it, and it really is true.) Pilates is generally divided into mat work and machines. The machines look more like torture devices than what you'd normally see in a gym, and you need a trainer to use them effectively, which can be expensive (or unavailable, depending on where you live.) Mat classes, however, require little to no equipment, and are very effective. There are some great video mat work classes (I use and like the Living Arts series, available on Amazon.) A google search on pilates will yield lots of information, and if you have more questions, I'm happy to help! Best, Rebeccam-ga
Re: Making myself taller
From: tlspiegel-ga on 23 Jul 2002 14:21 PDT
Hi, Quick comment here: In general, males will continue to develop and grow - put on muscle and height - until age 21, 22. I know this doesn't answer your question about what to do now, but realize you still have a chance to gain some height. tlspiegel-ga
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