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What is Gynecomastia?

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Gynecomastia is a common condition found in men and boys, in which the breasts swell and become abnormally large, also known as “man boobs.” Gynecomastia usually affects newborn males, middle aged men and boys during puberty. Although gynecomastia may cause breast pain, but still not necessarily considered a serious health problem, it may be psychologically difficult to cope with. A study done by the Boston Children’s Hospital reports that gynecomastia negatively affects self-esteem, mental health, eating behaviors and other areas of emotional health at an early age. However, most males that develop gynecomastia at an early age (especially during puberty) find that it resolves within one year.

Gynecomastia is caused by extra breast tissue, not by extra fat from being overweight. In fact, some reasons that cause this can be from hormone imbalance, kidney failure, alcohol abuse, liver disease, radiation treatment, Klinefelter’s syndrome, cannabis/marijuana and other illegal drugs, some thyroid disorders and several medications.

Depending on how serious and treatable your gynecomastia might be, your doctor can assist with cosmetic procedures like liposuction or excision. Ask your doctor today what best fits for you.

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