Depending where on the measuring stick you fall, height can be something of a frustration for a great many of us. Unlike your weight, controlling your height is not easily done nor is there a guaranteed path to increase said height.
As a matter of fact, 60% to 80% of your final height is determined through genetic factors. With that kind of predisposition going against you, the fight for a few more inches can become a difficult one. There are, however, a few things to keep in mind that could potentially help you to increase your height a little bit at a time.
As stated previously, your height is basically determined by your genetics, though there have been studies using growth hormone to help this along (more on that later). For the vast majority of us, we generally stop growing taller once puberty is done.
If you are unhappy with your height, it is important to know that even using growth hormone supplements and other methods may give you a couple of inches at best; it won’t turn you from 5’6” into 6’6”.
Still, here are a few things that you can try implementing into your daily routine to give yourself those few extra inches that could make all the difference in the world.
Using Supplements With Caution
One way that adults are trying to improve their vertical status is through the use of human growth hormone (HGH). This is most commonly used in children that are exceptionally small or in adults who have begun to experience shrinking.
With any supplements, the key is to exercise caution. There are a lot of unsafe supplements out there and the legality of them can depend on your country. If at all possible, work with a physician if you think that HGH could help improve your overall height.
Your doctor may recommend a supplement that contains a synthetic HGH, which will more likely be safer and legal. This will allow you to use it in comfort and peace of mind whereas the illegal option would lead to a few restless nights.
It is always recommended that you do your due diligence before using a supplement of any kind. Because of the dangers that lay in using them, the uninitiated leave themselves in a particularly vulnerable position if they use HGH without any knowledge.
Growth Hormones In Adults
A doctor may prescribe you a synthetic human growth hormone due to potential damage to the pituitary gland, which can have occurred at any point. This will lead to a lack of growth hormone that is naturally produced in the body.
There are a number of other causes of damage to the pituitary gland that can occur throughout life. Head injuries and infections, such as meningitis, can lead to permanent damage with the pituitary gland.
Adults lacking in the natural growth hormone that is produced by the body can begin to experience several long-lasting problems. In addition to tiredness, weak muscles and bones, and a reduced ability to think, it can have serious effects such as increased risk of stroke and heart disease as well as lead to anxiety and depression.
Thankfully, there are synthetic treatments out there to help combat these issues. Synthetic HGH treatment has also been shown to treat a few different medical conditions. These can include:
- Turner’s Syndrome. This is in women and generally means underdeveloped female sexual characteristics.
- Noonan Syndrome: This is a genetic disorder that interferes when it comes to the proper development in various parts of the body.
- Prader-Willi Syndrome. This genetic disorder causes feeding difficulties, weak muscle tone, delayed development, and poor growth that can make it difficult to perform activities without becoming fatigued.
Eating A Balanced Diet
Again, the vast majority of what you can do to affect your height is done in your formative years. For men, that can extend into their early 20s. This means eating a balanced diet that gives your body all of the nutrients that it needs to thrive and grow.
That diet should contain foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, proteins, whole grains, and dairy. It also means staying away from trans fats, saturated fats, and sugars. By giving your body the nutrients it needs, your younger self has a better chance at tacking on the inches.
But let’s say that you are past puberty and beginning to see a decrease in your height. This can be due to a condition that impacts bone density, meaning that you need to substantially up your calcium intake to combat the issue.
Another supplement to consider is vitamin D. It promotes bone health and is found in common foods such as fortified milk, egg yolks, and tuna. At the very least, a vitamin D supplement – even paired with HGH – could help to substantially slow a decrease in height in adults.
If a physician has determined that you need HGH treatments, these are usually administered through injections. The number of injections can vary depending on how severe the hormone deficiency is. It will ultimately be up to the physician and they will also determine whether treatments can be done on your own or with the help of the physician.
Generally speaking, physicians will use an HGH treatment based on a number of factors such as overall health and medical history, age, tolerance for that specific treatment, extent of the condition, treatment expectations, and the patient’s choice.
With regular monitoring, implementing HGH treatments can help to not only reduce a decrease in height among adults, but actually help to restore that height. Not only that, many who use doctor-prescribed hormone treatments see an increase in their overall quality of life.
The most important thing is that, if you think you need HGH in your life, to contact a doctor immediately. They will take you through the pros and cons of such a treatment, what it could do for you, and how to best implement the treatment. Never go rogue and do things on your own.