What Determines a Man’s Height?

What Determines a Man’s Height?

Sarkis Bedikian

Your genes and what you ate as a kid play big parts in how tall you grow.

So far, scientists have identified 697 different genes that impact height.

While men are often similar in height to their fathers and other male relatives, this isn’t always the case. Men inherit height genes from their mothers as well. And different combinations of genes can lead to very different heights, even among men from the same family.

Nutrition, especially early in life, is a big factor when it comes to height. Protein supports healthy growth and development. And there’s evidence that kids who eat high-protein diets are taller than kids who don’t.

High-protein foods include eggs, dairy, red and white meat, and legumes like beans and lentils.


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