The Potential Causes of “Male Breasts”

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If you have male breasts instead of lean, defined pectoral muscles, you’re probably searching for answers on how to correct your condition. Some men have a challenge getting rid of the extra fatty tissue in this area. There may be a struggle to lose “man boobs” despite best efforts of working out and eating the right foods. The reason for this could easily be a case of mistaken identity. Men that only use diet and exercise to address this issue are more than likely under the impression that they’re merely a bit overweight. However, for men over the age of 40, a hormonal imbalance could be the culprit. Specifically, hormones such as testosterone and estrogen could be directly responsible. When out of balance, a result can be a condition called gynecomastia. In men, when hormones are considered to be within normal limits, testosterone levels should be higher than estrogen levels. Certain conditions can throw off the balance of these hormones raising estrogen levels and lowering testosterone levels.

What can cause this hormonal imbalance?

Anti-androgens, anabolic steroids, androgens, antibiotics, ulcer medications, heart medications, gastric motility medications, anti-anxiety medications, tricyclic antidepressants, chemotherapy, AIDS medications

Recreational drug use
Alcohol, amphetamines, marijuana, heroin, methadone

Underlying health conditions
Normal aging, hypogonadism, hyperthyroidism, tumors, kidney failure, liver failure and cirrhosis, malnutrition and starvation

Herbs/Plant oils
Tea tree oil, lavender

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