Whilst we associate large breast with females, there is a condition called gynecomastia that results in the glands of the male breast becoming enlarged. Why do some male breast become enlarged?
• Estrogen is likely the answer; estrogen being produced in excess amounts: gynecomastia is usually detected when a boy is quite young – an infant – or later during puberty.
• If gynecomastia is diagnosed at puberty, it is unlikely to require treatment as the production of estrogen will slow naturally.
• Occasionally gynecomastia is a reaction to medicines: anti-androgens, antidepressants, anabolic steroids and specific antibiotics.
• Abusing marijuana, alcohol, heroin or other substances can result in the development of gynecomastia.
• Health conditions such as hyperthyroidism, the development of a tumor, hypogonadism or simply aging can also be at the crux of gynecomastia.
What does gynecomastia look like?
• The most obvious symptom of gynecomastia is breast enlargement.
• The affected nipple may begin to feel similar to rubber or as if it were stretching.
• The breasts may feel more tender or sensitive than they usually would.
• It should be noted that gynecomastia should not be confused with breast cancer, which usually presents with a hard tumor.
Natural remedies for gynecomastia
• Phytoestrogens help bring down the level of estrogen in the male body; they are found in such foods as soy and linseed oil.
• Genistein is found in the herb known commonly as Red Clover: this substance is know to increase the level of testosterone being produced in the male body; higher levels of testosterone leads to smaller breasts.
• Adding turmeric to a diet can also increase the levels of testosterone production.
• Other herbs with testosterone-increasing properties are cordyceps and passionflower.
Exercise and diet
Reducing the amount of fats in one’s diet and committing to an exercise plan that will see fat morph into muscle is a natural way to reduce the visible effects of gynecomastia. There are various treatments, depending upon the condition’s cause, that are useful.
• Gynecomastia brought on by medication can usually be treatment by the discontinuation of said medication.
• Gynecomastia triggered by puberty will resolve itself naturally as estrogen production levels off.
• Gynecomastia brought upon by hyperthyroidism or hypogonadism must be treated by treating these underlying conditions; results vary according to how long the patient has had gynecomastia.
• Disease can be the result of weight loss; if so, plastic surgery is the common remedy.