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Nordic Sharok
Environmental Factors that Affect Height Growth

Environmental Factors that Affect Height Growth

A person’s adult height is determined by both genetic and environmental factors such as nutrition or physical exercise. A healthy bone structure builds the foundation to fulfill the maximum height growth potential. Find out more in this blog post about the environmental factors that affect a healthy bone structure and adult height by about 20~40 %. Prenatal Growth Factors Environmental factors play a significant role even before birth. Among others, the maternal age, order of birth, and crowding within the uterus determine the weight and height of babies. First-born babies, for example, have a birth weight of about 100 g less than...

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Nordic Sharok
Effect and Stability of Growth Hormone (GH)

Effect and Stability of Growth Hormone (GH)

Human growth hormone (HGH) or somatotropin, is a peptide hormone that stimulates growth, cell reproduction, and cell regeneration. HGH is synthesized, stored and secreted in the pituitary brand. The History of Growth Hormone Therapy In the late 19th century the importance of the pituitary gland for growth was recognized. However, growth hormone therapies were first applied to severely GH-deficient children and adolescents only by 1956. At that time, there was limited availability of growth hormones, so it was awarded on the basis of clinical research protocols approved by the National Pituitary Agency (NPA). From 1963 to 1985, the NPA oversaw almost every GH...

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Nordic Sharok
Functions of Growth Hormone (GH)

Functions of Growth Hormone (GH)

The human growth hormone (GH) is well known for stimulating the height growth of children and adolescents. Hormones are chemical “messengers” that are produced in one part of the body and travel to another part to create some sort of change. GH, also known as somatotropin or human growth hormone (HGH), is synthesized, stored and secreted in the anterior pituitary gland, which is located near the base of our brain. The growth hormone has the central function of stimulating the growth of all body tissues, bones and regulating the metabolism. Biochemically, growth hormone stimulates protein synthesis and promotes fat breakdown to provide...

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Nordic Sharok
Overview on Growth or Epiphyseal Plates

Overview on Growth or Epiphyseal Plates

The growth plate, or also known as epiphyseal plate or physis, is the area of growing tissue near the ends of our long bones. There are at least two growth plates on each end of the bones – for instance in the shoulder, elbows, wrists, vertebrae, pelvis, thighs, ankles, heels, fingers and toes.  The growth plates consist of cartilage, which is a rubbery, flexible material. The nose, for example, is made of cartilage. As the cartilages are the weakest element of a child’s skeleton, they are vulnerable to injuries, or so-called fractures. Fractures gradually occur as a result of repetitive...

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