Gynecomastia is a simple, treatable, non-harmful condition that affects men of all ages, all around the world. Take control of your life and don’t let yourself be ashamed by not fitting into society’s mould of “perfect body”.
What is gynecomastia?
In layman’s language, gynecomastia is “man-boobs”. It is caused by an imbalance of estrogen in the body, which causes the development of the mammary glands. It can be further exacerbated by being overweight, which make the nipples appear even larger.
Who gets gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is most common in young men in the age group of 12 -18, when they enter puberty. During this period, they have severe hormonal imbalances, including the presence of extra estrogen, which triggers mammary growth.
Bodybuilders are also prone to this condition, particularly if they use steroids. The extra testosterone present in a bodybuilder’s body converts back to estrogen and causes the engorgement of their nipples. However, due to the body fat of a bodybuilder, they do not develop full breasts because they cannot develop the adipose tissue.
Less commonly, men on certain medications are also prone to this condition. The downside is that they will have gynecomastia during the treatment because it is inadvisable to stop treatment to fix this cosmetic condition.
What to do about gynecomastia?
The first thing to try is diet and exercise, especially if you are young. Diet and exercise will not only get you into better shape, but improve and cover-up the state of your chest. However, if you are a young man with severe gynecomastia, it is advisable to see a doctor.
Men with severe gynecomastia, or who simply want to get rid of their man boobs can see a plastic surgeon and male breast reduction done. However, it can be an expensive undertaking. Usually, gynecomastia is considered a cosmetic condition, and is not covered by insurance policies.
Many times gynecomastia clears up in time on its own, and all you need is a little patience. However, you don’t need to be ashamed of your body with gynecomastia. It is a very common condition, which can be easily resolved – if you choose to treat it.