How would you know if your growth plates have closed?

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    How would you know if your growth plates have closed?


    asking as above...have been working out on off for 6 yrs and about to turn 21 soon...thinkin of going to anabolic stuff..but dont wanna cheat myself of any gains i can still do without those stuff...jus need some sort of gauge to see whether im suitable anot...

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    only way would be having a radiologist to xray and then check it.
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    Growth plate closure is best seen at the long bones of the body (femur and humerus) with an x-ray.
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    don't think i want to go to that extend...any other gauge without spending on things like x-ray i can safely say my body is ready for anabolic stuff?
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    Wait a couple years.. If you're still the same height you are now, safe to say they've closed..
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    i have been the same height the last say..5 yrs..can that be considered that i am done with growing?
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    no because it is not unusal for males to grow later and for longer..
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    ^agreed^

    i have a cousin who was 6'0" from the time he was 18 until he was 24, 6 full years...but by his 25th birthday he was 6' 4", nearly 6'5". i wouldn't have believed it if i hadn't seen it for myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew D
    no because it is not unusal for males to grow later and for longer..
    Indeed, seeing that I was 4'-11" when I started lifting at 14yrs, now I'm 30yrs at 5'-9"..

    Weights don't stunt your growth, ignorance does..
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    thanks guys...that means no SD even after I turned 21 in a few months' time?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZoMbSta
    thanks guys...that means no SD even after I turned 21 in a few months' time?
    Yes... nothing hormonal....

    Whey, Multi-vits, creatine!
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    well...wat do u suggest if im at a plateau now?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZoMbSta
    asking as above...have been working out on off for 6 yrs and about to turn 21 soon...thinkin of going to anabolic stuff..but dont wanna cheat myself of any gains i can still do without those stuff...jus need some sort of gauge to see whether im suitable anot...
    Well you will always be able to make gains naturaly. Well I'm sure at least into your 50's. If you really want to take gear read everything you can and then decide if you want to go that direction. If you post things like height, weight, workout, length of time training(straight not off and on), and diet people will be able to help you.
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    alright...really thankful for all the help..my stats..

    height: 169cm (dont noe wats that in inches)
    weight: 160.82 pds
    length of training: 2.5 yrs straight
    diet
    8.20am - 2 slices of pizza or 1 giant sandwich
    9.30am - sliced fish soup with rice
    12pm - lunch at the canteen(normally rice, some veggie some meat and some fish with a bowl of veggie soup)
    3pm - 2 servings of protein shake with a cheese bun and a meat floss bun
    6pm - 8 pills of thunder creatine and 1 serving of protein shake
    6.30pm - instant mashed potato 1 serving
    7pm to 8.15pm - workout
    8.15pm - 2 serving of protein shake
    9pm - my dinner (rice, cod fish 2 thick slices, skewed meat(beef/pork), oyster sauce stir-fried veggie and a big bowl of soup)
    10pm - 1 serving of protein
    10.30pm - 1 BK double turkey bacon/ Mushroom Swiss burger
    12am - 2 servings of protein...

    then i go to bed after the protein...

    alot of the stuff may sound foreign to you guys but i'm living in an asian country...so that is the sort of thing we eat in asian chinese country..
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZoMbSta
    thanks guys...that means no SD even after I turned 21 in a few months' time?
    Androgens increase the rate of longitudinal bone growth while estrogens attenuate it.
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    CAN increase...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew D
    CAN increase...
    Yes, just like they can increase protein synthesis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ex_banana-eater
    Androgens increase the rate of longitudinal bone growth while estrogens attenuate it.

    So you are saying that androgens could possibly make you grow more?? or speed the process?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ex_banana-eater
    Yes, just like they can increase protein synthesis.
    I wouldn't think it would be the "can" for protein synthesis as it would be for longitudinal bone growth. Wouldn't the longitudinal bone growth be dependant on whether or not there has been growth plate closure? Probably the reasoning for the initial question.

    Us older folk are most likely not going to see any increase in longitudinal bone growth, but more likely an increase in density.

    Just splittin' hairs I guess.
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    Well why do people say then to not take phera if you are under 21... for the reasoning that it could stunt your growth? Are you not saying that this will not happen?
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    ive grown two inches since i took androstendidione (sp?) like two years ago.... when i didnt know what i was doing

    fairely high doses too

    im eighteen now..... 6'3
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    yeah..i wanna know y too...if androgens can add inches to your height..then everybody even those under 16 should be taking them!!
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