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6 Surprising Factors Stunting Your Height Growth

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As it is known, our height first develops depending on genetic factors and then is shaped by external factors such as health problems or exercise and nutrition. The most critical period at this point is usually the puberty period.

Usually, people suffering from short stature look for solutions to increase height, but they do not investigate the underlying causes of this problem. We will talk about the factors that prevent height growth for you and then what you can do for permanent height increase.

Factors that Negatively Affect the Height Increase

Factors that Negatively Affect the Height Increase

When it comes to height, there are many positive and negative factors that affect our height after genetic factors. These negative factors usually arise from the illnesses we experienced in our childhood or from the negative daily routines in our daily lives during and after puberty.

If you are complaining about your short stature and wondering how to grow taller, we recommend that you first review the underlying reasons for your short stature. At this point, it would be very useful to meet with a doctor and get advice about what you can do to increase your height permanently. In this article, let's examine together the negative factors that affect height growth.

1. Nutritional Deficiency:

The most necessary thing for a healthy height development is a balanced diet during childhood and puberty. Getting enough nutrients the body needs is very important for bone and muscle development. Therefore, the problem of short stature is more common in children who do not have a healthy and balanced diet, especially during their developmental years.

2. Chronic Diseases: 

Growth hormone is secreted less in people who have asthma, kidney failure, heart disease or rheumatic diseases in childhood and who use cortisone for a long time. In this case, the height cannot be extended enough in the developmental age and the height can be short.

3. Thyroid: 

Although it sounds surprising, thyroid hormone deficiency causes slow growth in children. In addition, not only the deficiency but also the excess of thyroid hormone causes negative effects on height growth. To prevent this condition, having a blood test at regular intervals is an important step.

4. Growth Hormone Insufficiency: 

Growth hormone insufficiency is seen when the pituitary gland does not secrete sufficient amounts of growth hormone. The reason for this may be genetic or may occur due to trauma, infection, tumor or radiation. Inadequate secretion of growth hormone adversely affects the development of children in many aspects and brings about height problems.

5. Vitamin D Deficiency:

Although it may not sound like a feature to be taken seriously, vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium. Healthy absorption of calcium is a very important factor for body development. Therefore, vitamin D deficiency can weaken bones and thus prevent height growth.

6. Insufficient Exercise:

Nowadays, the importance of exercise for both weight and height has begun to be understood more. A regular exercise routine is essential for children, especially those in their developmental age, to grow taller in a healthy way. At this point, the main task falls on families. Encouraging children to engage in sports activities before they complete puberty period is very critical in terms of increasing their height. Unfortunately, height growth a little slower in children who do not exercise.

What Can I Do to Grow Taller? 

Factors that Negatively Affect the Height Increase

First of all, we need to point out that a person's height varies depending on many reasons, especially genetic factors. It is possible for people who do not have a height problem due to any illness to grow taller naturally until the end of puberty. Since development is completed after this period, it is no longer possible to grow taller.

Whatever the reason, if you complain about short stature and want to increase your height permanently, the only permanent method at this point will be lenghtening surgery. Since it is not possible to grow taller after the growth plates close, people sometimes resort to lenghtening surgery for treatment and sometimes for aesthetic reasons. This medical condition will provide you to get the height you dream of. 

It will be clear how many cm you can grow with lenghteningsurgery after your doctor's check-ups. Generally speaking, safe extension limits are 6-8cm. Your doctor will also examine you in detail for the preparation process of this surgery. If you want to increase your height permanently and learn about this subject, you can learn the details on our Youtube account or review our patient success stories.


1.What affects height growth? 

It is not possible to give a single answer to this question. Many factors such as genetic factors, chronic diseases and nutritional deficiencies can affect height growth. 

2.After what age does height not grow?

The period in which the growth plates close almost coincides with the end of puberty. As of this period, the height growth of people usually stops. 

3.What is the thing that makes you grow the most height? 

The most effective factors in the height growth of individuals who have not yet completed puberty are adequate nutrition, sleep patterns, exercise routine and vitamin intake. A regular and balanced life contributes positively to height growth just like other health conditions.

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