Supplements

These may include vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and Human Growth Hormone. They come in pill, powder or liquid form. Two companies even sell a skin lotion that they claim promotes height increase. Coincidentally, one of these companies also sells a lotion to grow hair. We wonder if it is the same formula.

Options for adolescents and adults to self-prescribe Human Growth Hormone (HGH) supplements exist but it is not advisable. If an adolescent does not already have low HGH levels, taking HGH can have the opposite effect of prematurely closing the growth plates and limiting future growth. The best course of action is to consult with a paediatric endocrinologist and, if tests warrant it, let the doctor prescribe the correct type and dosage of HGH.

Use of HGH supplements by adults can produce acromegaly, a deformity in which bones that have not ossified (turned into bone) in adulthood, such as the jaw and facial bones, are induced to grow. This can result in a wide variety of symptoms and distorted appearances.

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