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"Can a 21-year-old still grow taller?"
like an inch maybe :)
The short answer to your question is that you probably will not grow any taller than you are right now. The peak growth period for both males and females is in the mid to late teenage years. For females, growth has nearly completely stopped almost always by 18 or 19 years of age. For males, growth is dropping off but a small amount of growth may still occur for another year or two. Regardless of whether you are male or female, however, by 21 years of age growth is basically over. I would suggest that you talk with your primary care doctor the next time you see them for more information about this issue, or any other general health topics. An annual physical examination is a good way to get answers to these kinds of questions. Sometimes, it can be helpful to keep a written list of various health questions that come up, so that when you next see your doctor you will not forget to ask them. Your primary care doctor is always available to provide general health education and to make sure that you are as healthy as you can be!
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