Gynecomastia – Man Boobs
What Is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is a condition where male breasts enlarge beyond normal size. Normally, this condition is characterized by swelling of the glandular tissue beneath the nipple. Sometimes, the patient may experience pain or discharge from the nipple. Man boobs is a term used to refer to a medical condition known as Gynecomastia. The condition is characterized by abnormal development of mammary glands in men which is known to happen only in women. The boobs causes psychological and social effects which leads to embarrassment, fear and shame amongst men suffering from the condition making them shy away from activities done by normal people such as wearing light clothing when it is too hot and participating in situation that might involve removing of shirt amongst others. Thus the condition is considered as a negative physical feature which many people would rather not have.
Enlargement of male breasts may be caused by other factors and you should consult a specialist for the proper diagnosis. It is common, for instance, to confuse between gynecomastia and lipomastia, which is the accumulation of fat deposits in breasts of obese men.
Causes of Gynecomastia
The major cause of gynecomastia is a hormonal imbalance between androgen and estrogen hormones. Both hormones are present in both males and females but androgens are produced in larger amounts in males than in females. Similarly, estrogen is produced in larger quantities by women and men produce it in very small amounts.
Androgens are known as male hormones. They are responsible for the masculine characteristics in all men. Female characteristics are determined by estrogen hormones. Production of higher than normal amounts of estrogen hormones in a man’s body might result to appearance of certain female characteristics. The most common effect is the enlargement of the male breasts, gynecomastia.
Other causes of gynecomastia include;
· Exposure to certain anabolic steroid hormones
· Chronic liver disease
· Cancer chemotherapy
· Aging process
· Dialysis and kidney failure
· Deficiency of male hormones, especially testosterone
· Prostate cancer hormone treatment
· Testicular radio-therapy
· Excessive use of marijuana
· Side effects of certain medication drugs like, Cimetidine, Metronidazole, Spironolactone and ketoconazole. These drugs have an inhibitory effect to the action of testosterone and, therefore, enhance the effect of estrogens.
Who Gets Gynecomastia?
About 50% of all boys experience temporary enlargement of the breasts during puberty. During this period, their bodies are going through a transition from childhood to sexual maturity and several secondary sexual developments are happening in the body, leading to massive hormonal fluctuations. Gynecomastia due to the transient changes of puberty does not last for long and it eventually heals by itself. However, cases of pain and discharge from the nipples are common but complications are rare. Persistent Pubertal Gynecomastia is the puberty gynecomastia that continues beyond two years.
Men that suffer from malnutrition or are recovering from it are at a high risk of developing gynecomastia. Malnutrition creates a hormonal atmosphere in the body that can lead to abnormal breast enlargement. A similar environment is created by liver cirrhosis because it alters normal metabolism of hormones by the body.
Gynecomastia may also affect men with Male Sex Organ Disorders. Testicular disorders lead to a reduced production of testosterone and a relatively higher production of estrogens, leading to breast enlargement. Such disorders could be genetic, like Klinefelter’s syndrome, or may result from reduced blood flow, infections, or trauma.
Gynecomastia during puberty might not require treatment because it usually disappears on its own. However, if the swelling is too painful, the patient should consult a doctor and use pain killers.
Extreme breast enlargement may be treated surgically by removing the enlarged gland tissue. Hormone injection treatment can also be used to reduce estrogen effects. A safe and effective way is to take Gynexin, a 100% natural treatment for moobs.
How To Get Rid Of Man Boobs?
Due to the negative perception associated with man boobs, many men with the conditions apply different methods with hopes of eliminating the problem. Amongst the common method used include exercises which assist the affected persons in shedding the excessive fat accumulated in the chest area and in other parts of the body. However there is a category of men who does not lose the boobs even after losing weight. These men are advised to visit a doctor who recommends several treatment options including medication and surgery amongst others. Men wishing to lose their boobs should also carefully watch the food they eat and emphasize on eating foods with low fat content. Thus despite the negativity associated with man boobs; there is a probability of avoiding them and also losing them.