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4 Ways To Increase Height

What is the best way to increase body height.
What is the most cost-effective.
Who are the resources that provide these services.
I would prefer professionals in the subject matter.

Asked by: ly097-ga

Hello–

I’ve researched your questions and have the answers.

A person’s height is determined by how our genes interact with the
environment. If you live in a healthy way, you will achieve your
greatest potential height. The most important things you can do are to
get plenty of sleep, exercise regularly, eat a well-balanced diet, and
avoid alcohol and drugs.

Your body will continue to get taller until the growth plates on your
bones close. People stop growing at different ages. You might stop
growing in your mid teens. Or you might continue growing into your
twenties. How tall you get is mainly determined by how long your long
bones are.

If you believe you are not as tall as you should be, you might have
have an absence of a growth hormone. Your doctor can run tests to find
out if you lack this hormone. It’s quite possible! I’ve found that
some symptoms of this loss of growth hormone include arthritis and a
severe changing of your facial features.

An article written by Oregon State University researchers states, “For
persons with a documented absence of growth hormone, administration of
this hormone can help them to acheive ‘normal’ stature, but this is
indicated only for persons clearly way below normal growth curves and
a documented (by lab tests) deficiency. Growth hormone given after
bones have stopped growing (for example at 22) would be more likely to
induce acromegaly. This is a disease seen in persons that secrete too
much growth hormone. The symptoms are significant corsening of facial
features, hyperplasia of joints and severe arthritis.”

If your doctor finds that your bones are abnormally short, this can be
corrected through a process called articial stretching. Your bones
will be broken and the bone parts will be attached piece by piece to
steel rods that can increase the length of your bones, and thus, make
you taller. This is said to have a high success rate but is painful.

You may read about PFFD, a syndrome in which bones don’t properly
grow. The link is http://www.georgetown.edu/faculty/kainen/pffdproj.html

You may read one child’s story about PFFD at his web site. The link is
http://www.tum.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/

Basketball playerslimb lengthening. This web site sponsored by
Georgetown University, writes, “WHY SOME DOCTORS ARE AGAINST LIMB
LENGTHENING: There are many reasons for this. One is prejudice against
medical procedures from other countries. I’m not kidding. One doctor
told me “they” didn’t believe in anything from “foreign countries”. To
make things worse limb lengthening came from the former Soviet Union,
remember the cold war thing? Add to this the arrogance that American
medicine is superior because it’s American. When the Ilizarov Method
was first discovered there was some excitement and doctors quickly
began trying the procedure in the 1960’s without extensive training in
the method. When they didn’t get the results they wanted, American
doctors seemed to give up on the technique and decided it didn’t work.
Limb lengthening is a difficult and complicated procedure and when
done by an unskilled doctor or untrained in the procedure or in how to
deal with the complications, the results can be disastrous. Some
doctors are too arrogant, full of pride, or jealous to admit that
another doctor can help their patient and they can’t.

Doctors are human after all but, unfortunately, a few tend to
think they are more superior than the average human. Some doctors may
be prejudiced against the procedure. Another reason is they may
believe that you or the child’s particular case may have complications
that the doctor can’t surgically repair and if he can’t fix it then it
can’t be fixed, right? They may also be too skeptical or unsure of the
limb lengthening procedure that they won’t refer the patient to a
doctor experienced in limb lengthening. One important reason may be
you as a parent or the patient. Many doctors will follow your lead in
how you are dealing with the situation. It can depend on you. If you
are demanding to know all of your options they will give you that,
some will do so reluctantly. If you seem upset and can’t deal with the
situation, they will offer you the quickest and easiest solution
possible. For example, in an unrelated situation, a doctor was giving
a young boy who had very severe mental retardation a stronger dosage
of seizure medication than was needed in order to keep him heavily
sedated. The boys’ mother was complaining to the doctor that she could
never keep him awake. He finally told her that he was giving the child
more medication than was necessary to keep him sedated because some
parents wanted their child kept quiet and asleep. He assumed it would
be easier on her if her child was kept sedated and that she would want
it that way as well. By the way, judging by her raised voice, he
assumed wrong. Doctors not only consider the patients needs, they,
also, consider the family’s needs as well and they sometimes make
assumptions. The point is they could be following your lead on
deciding what treatment they will offer.

Not all doctors are bad, like not all mechanics are bad. Some do
wonderful work, care about the job and try to do what’s best for the
individual. Some try to get as much money as they can from you and fix
it where you have to return again and again. Some simply do mediocre
work because they don’t really care about the job or you, and yes,
some are bad and shouldn’t be in business.”

You may read this article directly. The link is
http://www.nls.net/mp/pffdvsg/vsg-for-understand.htm

Another typical treatment is the prescription of a growth hormone.
According to WebMD, a respected medical web site, a hormone “is a
substance released by an organ or tissue that controls the activity of
organs or cells in another part of the body.”

Further, WebMD, writes, “Test Overview. Human growth hormone (GH) is
produced by the pituitary gland. I
t is essential for growth and plays
an important role in how the body uses food for energy (a process
called metabolism). The amount of GH in the blood changes throughout
the day and is affected by exercise, sleep, emotional stress, and
diet.

Too much GH during childhood can result in excessive growth
(gigantism). Too little GH during childhood can inhibit growth
(dwarfism). However, gigantism and dwarfism can be treated if
discovered early.

In adults, excess GH is usually caused by a noncancerous tumor of the
pituitary gland called an adenoma. Excess GH can lead to an abnormal
bony enlargement of the face, jaw, hands, and feet (acromegaly).

Growth hormone can cause the release of other substances (factors)
that affect growth. One of these is insulin-like growth factor 1
(IGF-1). When the GH level is abnormally high, the IGF-1 level is
usually high as well. A test for IGF-1 may be done to confirm high GH
levels.

See an illustration of the pituitary gland.

This test is done on a blood sample taken from a vein. Two blood
samples (taken 1 day apart) may be collected.

Why It Is Done

A test for growth hormone (GH) is done to:

Determine whether a child whose growth is abnormal has dwarfism or
gigantism.
Help determine whether an adult has acromegaly, a condition usually
caused by a GH-secreting tumor of the pituitary gland (called an
adenoma).
Monitor treatment that involves use of GH.
How to Prepare

Fast and limit your physical activity for 12 hours prior to a test for
growth hormone (GH). Since physical activity can interfere with GH
test results, you may be asked to lie down and relax in a quiet room
for 30 minutes before your blood is drawn.

Certain medications can interfere with GH test results, such as
corticosteroids and estrogen (including birth control pills). Your
doctor may instruct you to stop taking these medications prior to this
test. Talk to your doctor about whether these medications need to be
stopped prior to the test.

Recent diagnostic imaging procedures using a radioactive tracer (such
as a thyroid scan or bone scan) can interfere with GH test results.
Inform your doctor if you have recently undergone any test that used a
radioactive tracer.

How It Is Done

Because the blood levels of growth hormone (GH) can change quickly,
more than one blood sample may be taken on different days.

The person drawing blood will wrap an elastic band around your upper
arm to temporarily stop the flow of blood through the veins of your
arm. This makes it easier to put the needle into a vein properly
because the veins below the band get larger and do not collapse
easily.

The site where the needle will be inserted is cleaned with alcohol,
and then the needle is inserted into the vein. More than one needle
stick may be needed if the needle does not get placed correctly or if
the vein cannot supply enough blood.

When the needle is properly placed in the vein, a collection tube will
be attached to the needle. Blood will flow into the collection tube.
Sometimes more than one tube of blood is collected.

When enough blood has been collected, the band around your arm will be
removed. A gauze pad or cotton ball is placed over the puncture site
as the needle is withdrawn. Pressure is applied to the puncture site
for several minutes and then a small bandage is often placed over it.

How It Feels

You may feel nothing at all from the needle puncture, or you may feel
a brief sting or pinch as the needle goes through the skin. Some
people feel a stinging pain while the needle is in the vein. However,
many people do not feel any pain (or have only minor discomfort) once
the needle is positioned in the vein. The amount of pain you feel
depends on the skill of the person drawing the blood, the condition of
your veins, and your sensitivity to pain.

Risks

There is very little risk of complications from having blood drawn
from a vein. You may develop a small bruise at the puncture site. You
can reduce the risk of bruising by keeping pressure on the site for
several minutes after the needle is withdrawn.

Rarely, the vein may become inflamed (phlebitis) after the blood
sample is taken. Phlebitis is usually treated with a warm compress
applied several times daily.

Continued bleeding can be a problem for people with bleeding
disorders. Aspirin, warfarin (Coumadin), and other blood-thinning
medications can also make bleeding more likely. If you have bleeding
or clotting problems, or if you take blood-thinning medication, tell
the person before your blood is drawn.

Results

Normal

Normal results may vary from lab to lab.

Growth hormone

Men:
0–5 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL)

Women:
0–10 ng/mL

Children:
0–16 ng/mL

After physical or emotional stress (such as exercise or worry about
health problems), growth hormone (GH) levels are normally about 20 to
30 ng/mL.

Greater than normal values may mean

High growth hormone (GH) values may indicate gigantism or acromegaly.
These conditions are often the result of a noncancerous tumor in the
pituitary gland (adenoma).
Increased GH levels may also result from diabetes, kidney disease, or
starvation.
What Affects the Test

High levels of growth hormone (GH) can be caused by such medications
as amphetamines, estrogens (including birth control pills), levodopa
(Larodopa, Dopar), methyldopa (Aldomet), propranolol (Inderal), and
bromocriptine (Parlodel).
Low blood sugar can cause high GH levels.
Low levels of GH may be caused by chlorpromazine (Thorazine) and
corticosteroids.
Rough handling, contamination, or inadequate refrigeration of the
blood sample can cause inaccurate test results.
What to Think About

Newer, more sensitive tests are being developed to measure human
growth hormone (GH).
Since normal levels of GH can vary widely, other tests may be done to
confirm the results of a GH test. Additional tests can determine
whether low levels of GH (which can be normal) mean the pituitary
gland is not functioning.
Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) blood levels are commonly
evaluated along with GH levels. A high level of IGF-1 along with a
high level of GH is almost always diagnostic of acromegaly. In this
case, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies should be done to
evaluate the pituitary gland. For more information, see the medical
test Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Head.
The growth hormone suppression test (also called the glucose loading
test) measures the level of GH in the blood before and after a person
drinks liquid containing a large amount of sugar (glucose). Normally,
the amount of GH drops to less than 1 ng/mL after drinking the
glucose. Levels of GH that remain high may indicate acromegaly.
The growth hormone stimulation test (also called the
insulin tolerance
test) measures the level of GH in the blood before and after insulin
is given through a vein (intravenously). Normally, the amount of GH
increases after the insulin is given (in children the level should be
more than 10 ng/mL; in adults it should be more than 7 ng/mL). A GH
level that does not increase may indicate a GH deficiency.
Credits
Author Renée Spengler, RN, BSN
Associate Editor Daniel Greer
Primary Medical Reviewer Adam Husney, MD
– Family Practice
Specialist Medical Reviewer Alan Dalkin, MD
– Endocrinology”

You may read about the growth hormone treatment at the WebMD web site.
At this site you can read about why the hormone is administerd, how
you prepare for the hormone, how it works, how it feels, the risks,
and the results. The link is
http://my.webmd.com/encyclopedia/article/4118.292

You may read a medical definition of hormone online. The link is
http://my.webmd.com/encyclopedia/article/4115.20758#sth149942

Health Library writes that any tonics or special potients to make you
taller are typically scams, “Most tonics to increase height are
unnecessary. You should really wait till the age of 20 before getting
unduly worried about the height of the child.”

You may read this section at the Health Library web site. The link is
http://www.healthlibrary.com/reading/yod/march98/small.htm

You can read a height chart to determine how tall boys generally are
at specific ages at a Kids Growth web site. The link is
http://www.kidsgrowth.com/stages/viewgrowthcharts.cfm?id=BH318

You can read a height chart to determine how tall girls generally are
at specific ages at the same site. The link is
http://www.kidsgrowth.com/stages/viewgrowthcharts.cfm?id=GH318

Information about kids growing up can be found on the Kids Growth web
site. The link is http://www.teengrowth.com/

A web site that lists several articles about risks and concerns with
the human growth hormone can be found at the Child Health Monitor web
site. The link is http://www.childhealthmonitor.org/HealthyHeadstart.php?HHID=7

You may read information on the Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction
Society. The link is http://www.asaminorthamerica.org/

Costs

Growth Hormones. Growth Hormones can be prescribed by a physician.
Typically these brand name drugs range from $150-$200 a month. If you
have insurance, these drugs will obviously be much less expensive,
depending on what your co-pay is.

Bone Lengthening

The cost of the bone lengthening procedure depends on the complexity
of the procedure and how many inches are required for growth. This
procedure can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $20,000, depending on the
overall health of the patient, the number of bones needed to be
broken, how many pieces the bones will be broken into, and how much
therapy is required afterward. This varies from patient to patient.

Proper Nutrition andExercise

This is by far the least expensive way to improve your height. If
you’re still growing, be sure to help your bones become as strong as
possible, so they’ll be as long and as tall as possible.

It’s important to note that I am not a physician and do not attempt to
offer medical advice. If you have questions about your specific
condition, please contact your physician.

To conduct this research, I searched the following terms: “increase
height” “medical treatment,” “how much” “growth hormone,” “growth
hormone” “prescription drug,” “bone lengthening” procedure

I hope this helps! Please let me know if you need any clarification.
I’m happy to help.

A Painful Way to Grow Taller


It’s no secret that China’s economy is growing at a rapid pace.

But it may surprise you to learn that some Chinese citizens are growing, too…taller, that is, thanks to the popularity of leg-lengthening surgery. That’s right: we’re talking about a type of surgery that can make you at least two to three inches taller.

The details are pretty gruesome. First, the doctor breaks the tibia and fibula–the bones of the lower leg. Then, a device comprised of two metal rings connected by extendable rods–the fixator–is screwed into both ends of the broken bone through the skin. About a week later, the stretching begins. The surgeon lengthens the fixator in small, two millimeter increments. This slowly pulls the broken bones apart, allowing new bone to grow and fill in the gap.

If all goes well, the three month bone-lengthening period is followed by another three to six months of bone strengthening. During this phase the patient is confined to a wheelchair and must undergo physical therapy that’s typically described on leg lengthening websites as “extremely painful.” But, barring complications such as infection where the fixator is attached to the bones and nerve injury, after about a year you can be back up and walking around on newly lengthened legs.

The surgery was invented in Russia in the early 1950s to help dwarves and other abnormally short people who wanted to attain a more normal height. Recently, though, in places like China, leg lengthening surgery has become trendy for people convinced that being taller leads to better jobs and more money.

For more info, visit http://www.answers.com/topic/leg-lengthening-shortening?cat=health

Limb Lengthening Surgery

How it works: It’s a fact that you can grow up to 2 inches and a half (2 ½”) within 2 years by having limb lengthening surgery. Basically, doctors and surgeons will cut your shin bone in half and every month they will stretch them out. There are expensive procedures in which you may quickly grow up to 2 inches in only 18 months.

Basic Procedure:
http://shortsupport.org/Health/Leg-Lengthening/procedure.html

New Procedures:
http://shortsupport.org/Health/Leg-Lengthening/new_devel.html

Leg Lengthening Hospitals:
http://shortsupport.org/Health/Leg-Lengthening/hospitals.html

* Advantages:

  • - grow 2 to 3 inches
  • - more confidence
  • - more attention from the opposite sex
  • - much better sex life and more dates (become a pimp)
  • - have lots of girlfriends than ever
  • - forever look down on short people

* Disadvantages during the 2-year operation:

  • - cost $50,000 – $75,000 US
  • - friends and family members may resent
  • - cannot walk for 2 to 3 months
  • - emotionally drained; physically helpless
  • - medical problems may develop: depression and anxiety
  • - cannot work or make money

* Statistical Success Rate: Extremely High (Athletes & Others)

- Athletes, bodybuilders, or physically active & inactive individuals tend to achieve similar results when having limb lengthening surgery.

* Level of Difficulty: Extremely Difficult.

From http://easyheight.com/

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