A person's height, or the lack of it, can boost/dampen confidence levels. Scientists now recommend the Growth Hormone Therapy which can significantly increase the height of short children and help them 'rise in stature'.
The study involving 150 short children, followed over a period of 20 years showed that growth hormone was effective in increasing the final height of in GH deficient children with short stature, as well as non GH deficient kids. However, further studies are still required.
The kids were randomized to no treatment, low GH dosage, or high GH dosage. The treatment could increase their height to nearly eight inches.
"There are many variables known to affect the growth response to GH treatment, such as birth length and early growth during the first years of life.
"Our study also found that children from parents of normal height respond better to treatment than those from short parents," Albertsson-Wikland added.
The study will be published in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.