|MadSci Network: Genetics|
The fact that youíve havenít grown
in the past couple of years is completely normal.†
Girls generally experience a final growth spurt, which peaks at
12, slows rapidly to about age 14 or 15, then tapers off until about age
when growth is usually complete.†
growth spurt generally occurs later in boys, where it peaks at age 14 or
is not complete until about age 21.
The average growth rate for a 17
year-old female is around 0.5 cm (about 3/16 of an inch) per year, as
about 9 cm (3.5 ins.) per year for a 12 year-old.†
So even if your parents were not short, there would probably not be
chance for a significant increase in your height at this stage of your
Although short parents can have much taller offspring, the fact
are short is probably also a good indicator that you wonít grow very much
I donít think that there is much
can be done to increase your height at this stage.†
Growth hormone can be used to treat young children with extremely
stature, but Iím not sure that it would be available or have much of an
on a 17 year-old (see report on "Growth
Hormone in Children" from the NHS Executive South West Research &
Directorate; Bristol, UK).
Thanks for the interesting question,
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