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Growing in height due to paleo diet?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 11, 2011 at 6:10 PM

I am 50 years old. Been 5'3" since I was 22 or so. I was under the impression that people stop growing after a certain age - however, my husband (32) and I checked our heights after seeing that our daughter (13) has grown a full two inches since June 1 (expected, since she's a kid) and we found that he and I have both grown about a half inch as well. Can this be due to the diet?

Our family has been eating lacto-paleo since January 1, 2011. The kids weren't indoctrinated fully until school let out at the end of May.

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on August 16, 2011
at 02:55 PM

I agree that posture change could explain it. One other thought, though: perhaps your interverterbal discs are better hydrated or have become thicker? Pure speculation, but a half mm change in each disc height x 24 discs equals about a half inch. Then again, measuring height is usually not a very precise affair, and Occam's razor would point to this as the explanation.

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on August 11, 2011
at 09:42 PM

I lost an inch over the years and so far Paleo hasn't reversed it. I'm thinking of going on the rack.

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on August 11, 2011
at 09:26 PM

That sounds like the most logical explanation. I'm still hopeful that maybe, just maybe, things are at least stretching out. I have a feeling that you've hit it on the head, though! But as to our daughter's rapid growth, I'm going to bet better nutrition is the reason.

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on August 11, 2011
at 09:24 PM

Cougar in the house, ya mean ;)

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on August 11, 2011
at 07:04 PM

Man, I wish. I've always thought I got the short end of the height stick.

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on August 11, 2011
at 06:42 PM

That's awesome!

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on August 11, 2011
at 06:32 PM

Well, it's impossible for height growth to continue in adulthood (normally) since the growth plates at the end of the long bones are fused by your twenties at the latest, IIRC. So I would say a more likely explanation is your posture has improved due to increased energy/better health as a result of the improvement in your diet. Additionally, half an inch is a difference that could be accounted for by measurement error/variation and the time of day when you measured yourselves- we're slightly taller in the morning.

485bcefe7f1f7a6df1a293a826bf6137

(2191)

on August 11, 2011
at 09:42 PM

I lost an inch over the years and so far Paleo hasn't reversed it. I'm thinking of going on the rack.

B96486cc39cf24fdf259424f833a5d5b

(493)

on August 11, 2011
at 09:26 PM

That sounds like the most logical explanation. I'm still hopeful that maybe, just maybe, things are at least stretching out. I have a feeling that you've hit it on the head, though! But as to our daughter's rapid growth, I'm going to bet better nutrition is the reason.

26368b97ba98b30eaf36e41fe85a638a

(90)

on August 16, 2011
at 02:55 PM

I agree that posture change could explain it. One other thought, though: perhaps your interverterbal discs are better hydrated or have become thicker? Pure speculation, but a half mm change in each disc height x 24 discs equals about a half inch. Then again, measuring height is usually not a very precise affair, and Occam's razor would point to this as the explanation.

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on August 11, 2011
at 06:59 PM

This is cool!

Hey if you are 50 and your husband is 32 and your daughter is 13, does that mean that you robbed the craddle with a 19yo guy when you were 37!

Forget Stella... LiciaH in the house!

B96486cc39cf24fdf259424f833a5d5b

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on August 11, 2011
at 09:24 PM

Cougar in the house, ya mean ;)

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on August 27, 2013
at 09:32 PM

Does growing in height from a supine position count? In that case, grown a little.

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on August 27, 2013
at 09:20 PM

Would you mind sharing more about the diet your family has been on (ie specific foods eaten)? I read another account somewhere of a woman in her 40s growing after starting the paleo diet, and she was doing raw dairy. Are you doing raw dairy or pasteurized? I don't think it's unreasonable that for you and your husband the bones may not have gotten the right stimulation while you were actively growing to reach their full potential, and your new diet has corrected any potential minor stunting that may have taken place.

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on August 11, 2011
at 06:52 PM

I was wondering about that too. There have been days when I felt I was taller but haven't checked my height. I know that remineralizing my bones has caused my face to become larger and more square than before (it really shows when I compare older pictures to newer ones).

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