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Gynecomastia Isn’t Only for Obese People
June 7, 2017
Gynecomastia is an annoying, irritating, and embarrassing condition that affects way too many men in the United States. While most Gynecomastia cases are caused by poor diet and exercise, there are thousands of men who have no control over their symptoms. Here are some outside factors that could cause Gynecomastia symptoms in adult and teenage males»
Natural Hormone Changes
Weight gain certainly impacts the hormones in our body, but hormone deficiencies can come from a number of different factors. Gynecomastia is caused by a decrease in testosterone and an increase in estrogen. Most people don’t know that men actually naturally produce estrogen in small amounts to maintain homeostasis in the body. The issues come when that production is enhanced and testosterone is minimized.
Are you familiar with the term ‘baby fat.’ It is one that parents use to describe a chubby 10-14 year old who is dealing with the effects of puberty. While hormone production ramps up at this time, sometimes imbalances can arise and estrogen will cause enlarged breasts in young males. Gynecomastia surgery should not be the first option for boys of this age, but it might be something to consider if it continues into their later teens and early twenties.
Side effects of certain medications can cause Gynecomastia symptoms for patients of all ages. These medications include:
- Anti-androgens used to treat prostate enlargement, prostate cancer and other prostate-related conditions.
- Anabolic steroids
- HIV and AIDS related medication
- Valium and other anti-anxiety medications
- Cancer treatment like chemotherapy
Too often people make the mistake of working out less as they age, but if anything, it should be the exact opposite. Reduced exercise as you age can cause natural hormone changes to show a greater impact. Your body is naturally going to lose muscle and add fat with time and it is up to you to reverse those effects.
If you are experiencing Gynecomastia symptoms for whatever reason, there are surgical procedures that can bring your body back. Here at Wall Street Cosmetic Surgery, we are industry leaders in this procedure and we have helped thousands of men in the NYC area over the years.
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