Friday, April 30, 2010

-Factors affecting human linear growth.

Factors affecting human linear growth.
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Race.
  • Hereditary factors:- Children of two short parents will probably be short and vice versa.
  • Endocrinal factors e.g Growth Hormone which is responsible for stimulation of body growth in humans.
  • Nutritional factors:- Adequate nutrients must be available for normal growth.
  • General health:- Any serious systemic disease in childhood is likely to reduce growth (e.g. chronic kidney disease or chronic infection).
  • Intrauterine growth retardation (small birth weight):-These infants often growpoorly in the long term.
  • Emotional deprivation and psychological factors:- These can impair growth by complex, poorly understood mechanisms.
  • Chromosomal abnormalities.
  • Skeletal maturity.
Dr Ibrahim

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