When does a guy stop growing?

  • beaujangle

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    Nov 25, 2008 12:20 PM GMT
    I'm wondering when does a male stop growing in height?

    Also, when did you stop growing, if you could remember?

    Well, I can't remember mine!
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    Nov 25, 2008 1:47 PM GMT
    I reached my present short height of 5'8" at 17. My father told me he had a growth pause in his mid-teens when he was still short, then a late growth spurt at 18 that took him to 6 feet. Both my sons were 6 foot by age 13, and each reached 6'4" by 16.
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    Nov 25, 2008 2:20 PM GMT
    I didn't finish until well into my twenties. Obviously it slows down pretty dramatically after puberty.

    I know because I kinda 'caught up' on a tall friend.
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    Nov 25, 2008 3:57 PM GMT
    I dunno, about 14?

    Possibly 17 but I'm just saying that since I grew about 3 cm over those 3 years.
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    Nov 25, 2008 4:02 PM GMT
    I hit the towering heigth of 5ft. 6in. at 13 and haven't grown since! But I also went through puberty early and I've been told most guys stop growing at the end of puberty...
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    Nov 25, 2008 4:08 PM GMT
    I knew a guy who grew half an inch at 25.

    I stopped growing at 15 thought because I took accutane which closes your growth plates.
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    Nov 25, 2008 4:14 PM GMT
    When I went to my 20th high school reunion, there were guys I hadn't seen in 20 years. I was shocked at how many of them had grown taller.

    And not just a little. I didn't recognize one guy because he had grown at least 4 inches taller!
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    Nov 25, 2008 4:14 PM GMT
    I hit 5'8" at 17 and haven't changed since. Although I have thickened over the years - I'm currently 35 lbs heavier.
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    Nov 25, 2008 4:33 PM GMT
    I've been 6'0 since I was 18. I was getting knee pains last month which I hoped were growing related but I think it has more to do with the cold.

    I really wanna be 6'2.
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    Nov 25, 2008 4:45 PM GMT
    You'll keep adding on until about 28: you're height largely slows in your early 20's but everything else still keeps getting bigger.
  • SpartanJock

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    Nov 25, 2008 4:45 PM GMT
    I'm not quite sure. My growth spurt ended when I was around 16, but I grew afterwards a little to my towering height of 5'7".

    What I find more interesting is that my body didn't 'mature' until I was about 25. Even throughout HS I was never able to get much definition despite being active with sports and still looked like I had baby fat. icon_confused.gif
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    Nov 25, 2008 5:15 PM GMT
    flex89 saidYou'll keep adding on until about 28: you're height largely slows in your early 20's but everything else still keeps getting bigger.


    your 'everything else' line could give guys some false hope in certain areas... lol. its true you CAN keep getting taller until mid-twenties... though usually it stops by the time you get to college... but the rest of the 'growth' after that has more to do with filling out i think, from what i've read.
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Nov 25, 2008 6:23 PM GMT
    I have heard it is at 25. But you would not necessarily keep growing in height until you are 25. I guess your body is still developing until you are 25.
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    Nov 25, 2008 6:59 PM GMT
    I grew an additional inch between 16 and 21, and about 1/2 an inch after 21.
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    Nov 25, 2008 7:24 PM GMT
    here's a good question for us youngins' though lol- if we're still in our early twenties, even if we've given up hope of growing any more cause it hasn't happened in years lol.... what can be done (if anything) to maximize that?
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    Nov 25, 2008 7:48 PM GMT
    by the time your 22 you have hit the full hight your going to be, however, your ears and nose keeps growing.. I believe its something to do with cartilage.
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Nov 25, 2008 7:58 PM GMT
    I stopped getting taller around 22. Then again, I never had a growth spurt, so I went from being a tall child to a short middle schooler when everyone else hit the puberty growth spurt, and then slowly but steadily made my way out of the realm of short and into the realm of the taller side of average.

    My brother, on the other hand, hit his full adult height of 6'1 at the age of 13 and stopped getting taller then. He got nervous during college that I might catch up to his height, as he was so used to being taller than me.

    As for the youngin's trying to maximize their height--really, the best bet is to avoid doing things that can stunt your growth. Don't go on severe calorie restriction (the way many wrestlers or boxers or rowers do to try to make weight), don't smoke (it's stupid to do so anyway), and there's some suggestion that trying to lift too heavy of weights while you're still growing can cause premature growth plate fusion, but that's not entirely settled yet. To be on the safe side, though, you might want to consider more reps of lighter weights if you think there's still a chance of ekeing out another inch in height.
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    Nov 25, 2008 9:23 PM GMT
    lilTanker saidby the time your 22 you have hit the full hight your going to be, however, your ears and nose keeps growing.. I believe its something to do with cartilage.


    haha yeah nose and ear cartilage NEVER stops growing- no, really. it grows till you die- its why old ppl look so weird. strange but true.

    and yeah- the no smoking, good eating, and care-of-growth-plates stuff all sounds reasonable icon_smile.gif
  • GQjock

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    Nov 25, 2008 10:09 PM GMT
    Unless you have acromegaly most men will stop growing when their epiphyseal plates of their long bones fuse about the age of 17 - 19
    These bones mainly in the arms and legs lengthen at the ends until then when we reach our maximum height
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    Nov 25, 2008 10:47 PM GMT
    My experience: reached 6' at about 14.5 yrs, after some awkward growing pains. (I knew a guy in hs who had a very painful growth spurt, it is a real phenomenon)

    Grew to 6'2" over the next 3 yrs until end of high school.

    Grew another inch after that, finishing up around age 22.


    At the same time, I knew guys who were late bloomers and grew 5" or more after high school.


    BTW, over the years my frame has compacted enough to have me back at the 6'2" mark. As the cereal box says, "Contents may have shifted during transport"
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    Nov 26, 2008 6:45 AM GMT
    cowboyo saidMy experience: reached 6' at about 14.5 yrs, after some awkward growing pains. (I knew a guy in hs who had a very painful growth spurt, it is a real phenomenon)

    Grew to 6'2" over the next 3 yrs until end of high school.

    Grew another inch after that, finishing up around age 22.


    At the same time, I knew guys who were late bloomers and grew 5" or more after high school.


    BTW, over the years my frame has compacted enough to have me back at the 6'2" mark. As the cereal box says, "Contents may have shifted during transport"


    Growing Pains are a very serious issue. I had pain in my knees for about a year as a kid and still have stretch marks around my knees because I grew about 6 inches in 6 months.
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    Nov 26, 2008 9:06 PM GMT
    cowboyo saidMy experience: reached 6' at about 14.5 yrs, after some awkward growing pains. (I knew a guy in hs who had a very painful growth spurt, it is a real phenomenon)


    I got growing pains as a kid, always in the legs, sometimes I couldn't walk it was hell icon_sad.gif

    Thankfuly thats all over icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 26, 2008 10:29 PM GMT
    With regard to the brain: it's not done wiring itself until about the age of 30. The areas of sound judgment and control impulsivity are hard-wired in the final developmental stages (mid 20's to 30). That's why you see younger people in bad behavior (not being judgmental and being impulsive). As you grow past 30, those areas work better, and we are more prudent in our thought and less impulsive.
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    Nov 29, 2008 6:32 PM GMT
    chungo44 saidI knew a guy who grew half an inch at 25.

    I stopped growing at 15 thought because I took accutane which closes your growth plates.


    At 6 feet how much taller did they think you would get?
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    Nov 29, 2008 6:41 PM GMT
    Actually, disregarding my response earlier above, I SO wanted to say:

    A guy stops growing when the other guy stops sucking. icon_redface.gif