HomeAnswersPediatricsheight gainI am a 19-year-old with height 5 feet 2 inches and all my friends have height nearly 6 feet. I am really uncomfortable with them. Should I take growth hormone?

Can a 19-year-old increase height by taking growth hormone?

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Published At July 30, 2023
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am a 19-year-old, and my height is 5 feet 2 inches. All my friends in my classes are 5 feet 9 inches, 6 feet, and 6 feet 1 inch. I really feel uncomfortable with them. Moreover, some days ago, I applied for an army job but got rejected there because of not having sufficient height. So how can I increase my height now? Should I take growth hormone therapy? Will it cause any kind of harm? My height had stopped increasing when I was 14 years old. Kindly help me increase my height as soon as possible. I currently take anxiety medications.

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I read your query and understand your concern.

I understand that feeling uncomfortable about your height can be challenging, especially when you compare yourself to others. However, it is important to remember that height is largely determined by genetics and varies from person to person. While there are some factors that can influence height during the growing years, such as nutrition and overall health, the majority of height growth occurs during puberty. At 19 years old, it is unlikely that you will experience significant natural height growth as your growth plates, responsible for bone growth, have likely fused. Taking growth hormone therapy at this stage may not be effective in increasing your height and can potentially cause side effects. It is crucial to consult with a medical professional, such as an endocrinologist or a specialist in growth-related issues, who can assess your situation and provide personalized advice based on your specific circumstances.

In the meantime, focus on aspects of your life that you have control over and that contribute to your overall well-being. Confidence, personality, skills, and achievements are not determined by height and can make a significant impact on your life. Embrace your unique qualities and work on developing your self-esteem. Remember that there are people of all heights who have achieved great success in various fields. Surround yourself with supportive friends who appreciate you for who you are rather than solely focusing on physical attributes. Engage in activities and hobbies that make you happy and boost your self-confidence. By focusing on your personal growth and building a positive mindset, you can overcome feelings of discomfort and thrive in different areas of your life.

I hope this has helped you.

Thank you for consulting me.

You can always come back and reach me at icliniq.com.

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Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham
Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham

Pediatrics

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