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Old 12-28-2013, 03:40 AM
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Men getting taller after age 18-19. How common is this?

I was always a big, tall kid and really did not have (so far as I can recall) a big "growth spurt" in my mid teen years. It was more just a linear increase in height over time with my height topping out at just under 6'3" at age 18-19ish.

In some stories I see descriptions of people gaining 2-3 inches in height after age 18. Does this happen often? I kind of got the impression from my own experience that if you were a man you were about as tall as you were going to be by age 18-19.
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Old 12-28-2013, 10:45 AM
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I was measured very carefully at age 19.5 for an immigration physical. It came out 5 ft 9 in exactly (the recorded precision was 1/4 of an inch). My younger brother, aged 18.0 was measured at one quarter inch less. Each of us had assumed that we were still at those heights for the last 25 years. Recently I was measured for a life insurance physical. I came in at just over 5'10". At my next annual physical I asked them to verify my self-reported height. It came in at just over 5'10" as well. I called my brother and he got himself measured at the doctors' as well. He's 5'11" now.

My doctor told me you grow appreciably after 18, until 21 and then a tiny bit for a few years after that as well.
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Old 12-28-2013, 11:00 AM
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My son has a constitutional growth delay, in which a few months of very slow growth as a newborn resulted in him being 3 years behind the average height for kids at each age (ie, at age 10 he was the height of an average 7 year old). He is almost 19 now, and is still growing, since he has those 3 years of lag to catch up with. His bone age was always three years behind, showing he still had all that growth potential. He picked up 2 inches in height his first semester in college, this year.
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Old 12-28-2013, 11:05 AM
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All the boys in the family of my brothers wife have dramatic growth after high school, until about age 25. Most of them will go from about 5'9" to well over 6 ft. Must not be too unusual. The boys in my family are done about 16 years old.
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Old 12-28-2013, 11:13 AM
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According to Wikipedia, men reach their maximum height at the average age of 18, so if that's correct (it's not cited) then there must be a fair number of men who continued growing for a few years past that age.

Anecdotally I have heard of some guys getting noticeably taller during college. On TV, Glee star Chris Colfer (Kurt) shot up by what must have been several inches after the first season of the show, and while the character was only about 16 the actor was 19 or 20 at the time.
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Old 12-28-2013, 03:12 PM
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My grandmother was two inches shorter than my grandfather when they married. She was eighteen. Four years later, she was two inches taller than he was.
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Old 12-28-2013, 05:47 PM
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Dennis Rodman was only 5'8 when he graduated from high school. He had a growth spurt and went to 6'8 in a year or so after leaving high school. He never played much high school basketball but decided to give it a try when he was taller and it worked out pretty well for him.
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Old 12-28-2013, 05:49 PM
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I was 5'9.5 barefoot when I graduated high school, 2 months after my 18th birthday. I topped out at 6' exactly. If I played in the NBA, I would be listed at 6'1. Other things grew, too.

I always heard Dennis Rodman was around 5'9 in high school and ended up at 6'8. I think David Robinson was "only" 6'8 (or 6'4-6'7 depending on source) when he entered the Naval Academy. He was listed at 6'11 a year later and played in the NBA at 7'1.
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Old 12-28-2013, 05:50 PM
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According to Wikipedia, men reach their maximum height at the average age of 18, so if that's correct (it's not cited) then there must be a fair number of men who continued growing for a few years past that age.

Anecdotally I have heard of some guys getting noticeably taller during college. On TV, Glee star Chris Colfer (Kurt) shot up by what must have been several inches after the first season of the show, and while the character was only about 16 the actor was 19 or 20 at the time.
My nephew, age 20, has gained a couple of inches over the past two years. Sporting a scruffy black beard during Christmas, along with the muscles from his workout regimen, he actually scared me (6', 180) a little...

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Old 12-28-2013, 05:55 PM
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My son was a late starter in the height department. All his friends did the growth spurt thing early in their teens and we ended up taking him to an endocrinologist just to make sure everything was OK. He didn't have an obvious growth spurt as such but he did continue to get taller well into his 20s and is now taller than most of the boys who towered over him at age 14.
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Old 12-28-2013, 07:05 PM
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It's more like that men will still be growing from 18 into the early 20's than women, but it does happen. It probably happened more often in the past when people started puberty later and finished it later.
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Old 12-28-2013, 07:39 PM
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I was 6'4" when I graduated from high school and assumed that was as tall as I was getting. I had a mild surprise when I was measured for a physical at 22 that I was now 6'6".
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Old 12-28-2013, 08:05 PM
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I was 18 and 6 months old when I went to boot camp for the Navy and all my dress uniforms were fitted to me. Within 2 years all the pants were shorter, but passable. Most notably was the cuffs on my shirts were way too short. My peacoat was too tight across the shoulders, and the cuffs were so far off to even consider wearing.
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Old 12-28-2013, 08:07 PM
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As stated, it's actually fairly typical. I'm curious if anyone notices signs before the spurt. I was 5'7" at 18 and figured that was it - (men in the family were 5'8-5'10") - but I had big feet and somewhat long arms and my grandmother was certain I'd keep growing. I'd added almost 6" by the end of college.
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Old 12-28-2013, 08:10 PM
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I teach high school, and when the boys come back to visit after a few years, they are often taller-- enough so that I notice.
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Old 12-29-2013, 01:38 AM
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On the opposite end of the spectrum, I stopped growing taller when I was 14. My shoulders did grow much broader when I was about 16-17. And to this day I still seem to wake up each morning a bit hairier than the last. Truthfully, it's becoming a bit worrisome.
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Old 12-29-2013, 02:31 AM
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It's not usual, but it certainly does happen.
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Old 12-29-2013, 09:29 AM
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I had a high school buddy who was about 6' tall which was about my height. At our 10 year HS reunion he was much taller - 6'4". He had a growth spurt when he turned 20. The worst part was he was in submarine duty in the US Navy. Imagine walking around in a sub that tall. I think he was over the height limit as when his enlistment was over, he was given the choice of just getting out or transfer to non-submarine duty.
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Old 12-29-2013, 09:46 AM
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I'm sure that the bones can continue to develop past age 18. Several times I met a guy in the last year or two of college who I hadn't seen since our high school graduation, and barely recognized him because his face had changed so much.
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Old 12-30-2013, 09:59 AM
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I had a growth spurt at 14 - went from 5'10" to 6'4"in six months (but barely gained a pound). My oldest brother had his at 18, from 5'6" to 6' in six months also. My 2 other brothers are about the same height, but did not have growth spurts like that.
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Old 12-30-2013, 10:03 AM
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If grew a at least a couple inches after high school.
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Old 09-20-2015, 11:24 PM
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Constitutional Growth Delay

I graduated 8th grade at 4'10 1/2". Then graduated high school at 5'5 1/2". I then grew (mainly during my junior year) in college to 6'2" which is my current height. I'm now 51 and weigh 217 lbs. At College graduation, I was 6'2" and 150 lbs. 200 lbs is a more natural weight for me at this point so I'm a little over my ideal. Both of my sons experienced late growth. The oldest went from 4'10 entering high school to 5'5 coming out and is now 5'9". The youngest went from 5'4" entering high school to 6'1" coming out. Now, as a junior in college, he is 6'3".....
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Old 09-21-2015, 02:02 AM
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It's real typical for the men in my family to grow a couple of inches or so post-high school. Happened to me, too*. But, height can fluctuate. I have a yoga class where the teacher sometimes promises you will be 2 inches taller after class, and that seems to be about right for me.

*I am female. Not a lot of females in my family, so maybe this is typical for all of us.

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Old 09-21-2015, 02:19 AM
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According to here, the average male height at 18 is 69.6 inches, while at 21, it's 69.9. That's about a third of an inch on average. Some will grow more, other less. I don't have the standard deviation to indicate how much though.



http://ahundredyearsago.com/2012/02/...1912-and-2012/,
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Old 09-21-2015, 03:00 PM
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I was like SecretaryofEvil. At 13, I was 5'11. Eventually I got to 6' 3/4". Now I am back to 6'. My two sons are both 6'2", but followed very different growth patterns, one growing early and the other one in college. So it obviously varies quite a lot.
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Old 01-03-2017, 08:49 PM
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I can attest to growing taller after high school. I was 5 ft 11 170 lbs at age 18. I had a quick growth spurt at 18 to 6 ft 3, thought it was over but over next 3 years grew to 6 ft 7. So at age 22 I am 8 inches taller and now weight 240 lbs. Have to admit.i enjoy running into classmates; especially the guy that at 6 ft 4 towered over most all the guys.His expression was priceless
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Old 01-03-2017, 08:57 PM
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I not only grew after I was 18, I grew again in my 30's. It wasn't extreme but it is medically documented. I was 5'11" when I graduated high school. I was 6'1" throughout my 20's and now am 43 and 6'2". I had a medical problem that required some aggressive steroid treatments when I was 36 that may have caused some of it but my primary care doctor says that it just happens sometimes.

I was just a late bloomer and wasn't finished growing the first time until I was well into college.

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Old 01-03-2017, 11:07 PM
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My son has a constitutional growth delay, in which a few months of very slow growth as a newborn resulted in him being 3 years behind the average height for kids at each age (ie, at age 10 he was the height of an average 7 year old). He is almost 19 now, and is still growing, since he has those 3 years of lag to catch up with. His bone age was always three years behind, showing he still had all that growth potential. He picked up 2 inches in height his first semester in college, this year.
I'm female but I had a similar issue, and stopped growing entirely between the ages of 2 and 4. Eventually I started growing again, but slowly and was nearly 20 before I was my full adult height. Most women are full grown long before 18.
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Old 01-03-2017, 11:24 PM
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I'm female but I had a similar issue, and stopped growing entirely between the ages of 2 and 4. Eventually I started growing again, but slowly and was nearly 20 before I was my full adult height. Most women are full grown long before 18.
I'm 49 and still waiting for my growth spurt!!! (5 2")
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Old 01-03-2017, 11:25 PM
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I'm female but I had a similar issue, and stopped growing entirely between the ages of 2 and 4. Eventually I started growing again, but slowly and was nearly 20 before I was my full adult height. Most women are full grown long before 18.
My daughter was in this situation, more or less. Normal length at birth and for a little while thereafter, but rather quickly slipped well below the 5th percentile. In her case she did grow for longer than the average female, but still topped out at 4'10" (she claims 4'11", but )

I was 6'2" at HS graduation, "officially," and remained there till my forties, when I started getting measured at 6'3" at doctors' offices. I put this down not to actual late-bloomer growth (that would be MIGHTY late-blooming), but to shorter nurses who couldn't reacvh up high enough to measure me accurately
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Old 01-04-2017, 09:08 AM
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19yr old male here, I sure hope I don't get taller. I'm 5ft 5in and have been about the same since I was 13.

I honestly would hate being 5ft 9in and above. Would look to 'masculine' and IMHO less attractive.
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Old 01-04-2017, 10:17 AM
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I was 5'5 at 18. I kept hoping to put on some extra inches, and hope dies hard, so I kept measuring myself as accurately as I could until I was about 28 when I gave up. Also the height my physician measured me to at 25.

I had a new complete physical at 36, and the doctor used some very accurate measures that put me at a shade over 5' 8. Later I got down some old trousers from a box, and yes, they were distinct inches short now.

I don't know when that happened, but the trouser history indicate a gradual creep after turning 30.
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Old 01-04-2017, 11:05 AM
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I stopped growing taller at age 18, but I did grow broader well into my college years, which as I understand it, is also a fairly common thing.

When I was 22, I had to replace nearly all my shirts, because they no longer fit across the shoulders.
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Old 01-04-2017, 11:21 AM
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One of my larger sets of cousins (and only the one set, so pretty sure not on my side of the family) had two distinct growth spurts, both guys and girls shot up in middle/high school to a decent but not especially tall height. Then in their mid-to-late-twenties they all added another 4-6 inches each. It was fun after the first two of them, waiting til their younger siblings would hit the right approximate age and taking bets on whether they'd be dramatically taller at the annual Christmas party or not.

My side of the family has tall women and shorter guys, so that's always a little bizarre. My poor brothers kept getting encouraged by their GPs that they'd grow more because the GPs remembered that I was tall (ish) for a woman, but when my youngest brother brought in family pics of uncles and grandparents - they realized it wasn't gonna happen.
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I stopped growing taller at age 18, but I did grow broader well into my college years, which as I understand it, is also a fairly common thing.

When I was 22, I had to replace nearly all my shirts, because they no longer fit across the shoulders.
Same thing happened to me. In my late college years, I wore a 32-33" sleeve. This went up to 34-35" in my mid-20s, and was up to 36-37" by my mid-30s. I have freakin' orangutan arms.
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Old 01-04-2017, 03:18 PM
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I reached my current height (6'2") by the time I was sixteen. It took a while for my friends and classmates to catch up. My high school basketball career went into decline as they grew.

On the other hand, I had a girlfriend years back who was eighteen when I met her (don't look at me like that -- I was nineteen). She was 5'2", small, slender, pretty much flat-chested, no hips to speak of. Then, shortly after her nineteenth birthday, she had a growth spurt, and grew 2 inches taller, and grew breasts and hips. Didn't change our relationship at all - we were together for twenty years -- but it was kind of funny. We actually used to joke about it.
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Old 01-04-2017, 04:01 PM
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I dated a guy in college who was about 5' 8" at the time -- he was 19. I didn't see him again for 30 years. When I hugged him, I could swear he's at least two inches taller. I used to be able to get on my tippy toes and sneak in a kiss, but when I saw him last summer, I could not reach his face, even on tippy toes and he bent down to me. (It was a chaste pop on the cheek, no big deal.)
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