While it often seems as if women seemed to suffer most of the indignities regarding puberty, aging, and of course, giving birth, there are some disorders that affect the male as well, with gynecomastia being the one such issue. Gynecomastia is a disorder in which the male’s breasts swell, obtaining an appearance that is similar to a woman’s breast. Occurring commonly during puberty, gynecomastia tends to disappear on its own, but is sometimes a sign of cancer or other medical disorders, and as such, patients who think they may be suffering from this disorder should see their doctor’s immediately.
Why Have You Developed Gynecomastia?
After you have been diagnosed with gynecomastia and it has been determined that you aren’t suffering from testicular cancer, chronic kidney failure, or cirrhosis of the liver, the next step will be to figure out why you have developed the disorder. In addition to puberty, it could be caused by a reaction to medications you are taking, excessive drinking, or use of recreational drugs, including marijuana.
No Extensive Studies
There haven’t been any extensive studies regarding prescription drug treatment of gynecomastia, but early results of testosterone replacement therapy are showing this treatment is turning out to be quite promising.
Changes in Diet
If your condition is caused by weight issues, there are diets that help reduce the problem. Adding foods such as high protein meats, nuts, beans, and oysters to your diet help trigger testosterone and reduce the swollen tissue. If you drink alcohol excessively, it is important to either stop altogether, or at the very least, reduce your intake. There are some new studies that link the use of certain herbs to the reduction of male breasts, but those studies are relatively unproven as of now.
Maintain a Regular Workout Routine
As always, if you eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly, the problem can solve itself. Cardiovascular exercises have been shown to be beneficial, but opinions are mixed on whether weight training the muscles of the back and chest will help solve the problem. When you visit the Skin & Vein Center, Dr. Seiger will sit with you after your diagnosis and discuss what lifestyle changes will be most beneficial to you and offer some suggestions as to what he thinks will work best to give you the best outcome.
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Gynecomastia can be a humiliating condition that keeps you from living a full and happy life; schedule your appointment today and learn what you can do to change your appearance for the better.