Am i still growing?

Posted by dk119s @dk119s, Apr 4, 2022

I am 15.6 years old and 178 cm (5'10). My mother is 5'6 and my father is 6 foot. Although all my other family members are quite short, my dad grew to be surprisingly tall. Although i was estimated to be over 6 feet when i was younger, i havent grown a single inch since june of last year. ( i was 5'6 march 2020.) June is coincidentally the year i started to start lifting heavy weights. I exercised frequently and even made sure to eat healthy. I grew pubic hair around (late 13-early 14) and i have yet to grow any significant facial hair. Is this the end of my growth? Is there anything stunting my growth such as my bad posture or my weightlifting? Is there anything i can do to help my growth?

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Hello @dk119s and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. It sounds like you are getting close to the average age, 16, when boys may stop growing. I found some articles that you may find helpful that talk about age and other factors for growth.

- What's the best way to predict a child's adult height?: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/childrens-health/expert-answers/child-growth/faq-20057990

- What age do boys stop growing?: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320676

- How to Increase Your Height: Is There Anything I Can Do?: https://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-increase-height#takeaway

Are you hoping to grow a bit more? Do you fee like you are getting good sleep and nutrition?

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@amandajro

Hello @dk119s and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. It sounds like you are getting close to the average age, 16, when boys may stop growing. I found some articles that you may find helpful that talk about age and other factors for growth.

- What's the best way to predict a child's adult height?: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/childrens-health/expert-answers/child-growth/faq-20057990

- What age do boys stop growing?: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320676

- How to Increase Your Height: Is There Anything I Can Do?: https://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-increase-height#takeaway

Are you hoping to grow a bit more? Do you fee like you are getting good sleep and nutrition?

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i am getting around 6-7 hours of sleep everyday and i carefully watch what i eat. I just find it strange that i have not grown since 14 when my puberty hasnt exactly been early or late.

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@dk119s

i am getting around 6-7 hours of sleep everyday and i carefully watch what i eat. I just find it strange that i have not grown since 14 when my puberty hasnt exactly been early or late.

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@dk119s - I agree that it can be very confusing to get a clear picture of growth in puberty.
Amanda included some good links to articles in her post above.
With the information you gave us, it seems that you are not finished with puberty or growth. However, if you have not grown anything since last June you should talk to a doctor.- Pediatrician or Endocrinologist- or if you have a Family Physician that has followed your growth over the years.
As mentioned in one of the articles one good way to see if you still have growth potential is to X-ray a wrist- the test is called a Pediatric Bone Age. It will show if your growth plates are still open.
A doctor can also request lab tests- checking for hormones- such as thyroid, growth hormone and sex hormones.
For max health benefits you should sleep 8-9 hours a night.
It’s not advisable to lift heavy weights either at your age.
Make sure you get enough Calcium in your diet- milk, cheese, yoghurt - and avoid sweet fruit juices.
Will you please get back to us after you have seen a doctor?

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@astaingegerdm

@dk119s - I agree that it can be very confusing to get a clear picture of growth in puberty.
Amanda included some good links to articles in her post above.
With the information you gave us, it seems that you are not finished with puberty or growth. However, if you have not grown anything since last June you should talk to a doctor.- Pediatrician or Endocrinologist- or if you have a Family Physician that has followed your growth over the years.
As mentioned in one of the articles one good way to see if you still have growth potential is to X-ray a wrist- the test is called a Pediatric Bone Age. It will show if your growth plates are still open.
A doctor can also request lab tests- checking for hormones- such as thyroid, growth hormone and sex hormones.
For max health benefits you should sleep 8-9 hours a night.
It’s not advisable to lift heavy weights either at your age.
Make sure you get enough Calcium in your diet- milk, cheese, yoghurt - and avoid sweet fruit juices.
Will you please get back to us after you have seen a doctor?

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thank you for your reply. I shall see a doctor soon.

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@dk119s

Everyone grows at different rates … doctors have average charts and that is what you find on the internet.

I am shrunk at age 70 to 5’5 from my highest height at age 14 of 5’ 6 1/4”. My dad was about 5’11 and mom 5’8. My grandparents on dad's side were his dad about 6’ and mom about 5‘4 and on mom's side dad about 6’ and mom about 5'5. My 3 brothers range from 5’10 to 6’ and my sis 5'9. So I was the shortest child. My son reached 6' by time he was 12 and started growing in his late teens and into early 20s and topped out a bit over 6’4. .. my sister's son did the same and my youngest brother's son was about 5’10. .. his dad about the same and his mom about 5`5. My daughter was about 5'5 by age 12 and grew no more until her late teens and early 20s .. but only an inch. I have 9 nieces and most are about my daughter's height, but a couple reached about 5’7. I did not live near my nieces to know when their growth spurts were.

Growth .. if you are concerned about it talk with your doctor. As you can tell from my family .. you may grow more later in your teens and early 20s. I can't figure out where that extra tall gene comes from in my family tree for my son and my nephew. My son was all the time bumping his head on something as a late teen and had to have stitches on his head a couple of times. He had to have stitches one time in his 40s… hard being a giant sometimes.

All the best wished for you in your life.
ZeeGee

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i started growing 3 inches a year from 11 years old(boy, i dont think it was early puberty and more like catch up growth). that rate lasted until i was 13 and a half. right after that my spurt ended and my growth went back to my childhood rate which was 1.5 inches per year. I grew that rate from 13.5-14.5 but now i feel like i wont grow that much as im currently abt 5'6 and my dad is 5'8-9 and my mom is 5'0,5'1

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Hi I just turned 18 years old and i am currently 6 feet. My father is 6 foot 5 and my mother is 5 feet 8. Growing up i always was in the 96-percentage range for being taller than all the kids my age and around the age of 7 I was diagnosed with B cell Leukemia I had to have a bone marrow transplant. and have been in remission for a while now. when i was about 13 years of age i started lifting weights not anything over the top just going off and on i started to really get into lifting heavy weights at 15 and would lift heavy weights with bad form. I would do this lift called deadlifts with a heavy amount of weight on it and had bad form the whole time I feel that my lifting caused damage to my growth i have gotten my x ray on my wrist and they said it is closed but got another x ray on my knees and they said I have really large growth plates in my knees still. I also have stopped doing that exercise or any exercise that is very heavy for about a year now and have noticed back pain a lot when i try to do anything my back will tighten up and i will fill stabbing. Did i stunt my growth? What should I do?

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@granty - Welcome to Connect!
First- Congratulations on being in remission with B cell Leukemia! You have been through a lot.
Heavy duty weight lifting is usually not recommended in youth still growing but I don’t think you stunted your growth. Good news that you still have open growth plates in your knees, indicating that you still can grow.
Your leukemia treatments may also have influenced your active growth those years- or just delayed reaching your final height.
You’ll probably find yourself still adding inches into adulthood.
Good sleep and good nutrition are important factors along with moderate physical activity.

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my dad is 5'1 and my mom is 5'3, im 15 years old now and my height is 154 cm
(5'1) my underhair is above 4cm and i grow some beard. will i grow height in future?

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@thehonkler

my dad is 5'1 and my mom is 5'3, im 15 years old now and my height is 154 cm
(5'1) my underhair is above 4cm and i grow some beard. will i grow height in future?

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@thehonkler
Welcome to Connect!
I don’t know if you have seen the other posts in this thread on the growth topic. There are some good links too.
One usually end up with a height similar to the parents or even more.
It sounds as if you may still have some growth possible.
You are taller than your Dad already.

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