Understanding the Truth about Gynaecomastia
Millions of men have been suffering from Gynaecomastia for many years around the world without even realizing it. How is that possible? Many people may not even be aware of the fact that it is a medical condition that should be diagnosed and examined, so they just sweep it under the rug as if it is just something that some people go through in life. What exactly is gynaecomastia? What are some of the causes?
The Technical Word for “Man Boobs”
Gynaecomastia is the technical term for what has become widely known as “man boobs”. Over time, “man boobs” has been used more comically than theoretically to define the condition of a man’s pectoral muscles as they become fattier instead of muscular as time goes on. That is not what takes place within men that are diagnosed with gynaecomastia, however, because they are essentially growing actual breasts similar to the way that women do. The question that may be revolving around in your mind right now is “How?”
It’s all about the Estrogen
The underlying factor that causes a man to have this condition is their level of estrogen. All men are born with a sex hormone testosterone as well as very low levels of estrogen that regulate the growth of their breast tissues. When there is a consistent imbalance between these two levels, the growth of those tissues is no longer regulated and they start to grow as the estrogen levels increase. This occurs in many male babies because of the amount of estrogen that is transferred to them from their mothers while they are pregnant with them, but these cases normally balance out and fade away over time. However, gynaecomastia is most common during the late stages of puberty for male adolescents and teenagers as their bodies begin to develop more fully.
How Can This Be Treated?
In order to treat gynaecomastia, you need to focus primarily on getting the levels of your testosterone and estrogen back in check through consistent regulation once again. Exposing yourself to an excessive amount of estrogen will only make the problem worse. If you are still rather young and going through puberty, try not to worry about it too much because studies have confirmed that the problem only continues into adulthood for one out of 20 young boys. Stay away from anabolic steroids that can be used to enhance the quality of your athletic performance, because a serious side effect of these drugs is that they can cause this imbalance that will eventually lead to gynaecomastia.
Do Not Ignore the Symptoms
If you are currently suffering from the symptoms of gynaecomastia, the last thing that you want to do is sweep them under the rug as being something that either you caused by not working out and following a well-balanced diet. In most cases, these symptoms have nothing to do with obesity and can be resolved and treated as long as you seek the guidance and follow the advice of a licensed healthcare professional or a board certified cosmetic surgeon.