Male Breasts - this phrase in the title would have surprised many of us, right? Well, it it possible for a healthy male to develop breasts? Yes, if he is suffering from a condition known as gynecomastia.
Now, it is common knowledge that most young women, would want to have bigger, perkier breasts, in fact, if their breasts grow in size, many women would be rather pleased!
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Imagine the same thing happening to a man, his flat chest developing into tiny breasts, well, for a man that can be very bad news and this problem can definitely be a huge blow to his confidence level!
Many people mistake gynecomastia, with obesity, because, in the case of some men, their chest may appear enlarged, making it appear like he has breasts, due the excess fat accumulation.
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However, gynecomastia is a completely different condition, triggered by hormonal imbalance, that can affect men who are not obese or overweight too!
So, here are some of the most surprising facts on gynecomastia that you must know.
Gynecomastia is a hormonal condition in which the breast tissues of a man swell up and enlarge, due to an imbalance in the testosterone and oestrogen hormone levels.
When the level of oestrogen hormone in a boy or man increases to a significant level, it can cause the breast tissues to enlarge.
Gynecomastia may affect both breasts or just one breast; it does not necessarily have to affect both breasts evenly.
Gynecomastia can be seen in newborns as well, temporarily, as there may be a transfer of the mother's oestrogen into the baby's blood stream.
Gynecomastia is a condition which is also common in teenage boys, as there are a lot of hormonal changes going on in his body during that phase.
In middle-aged men, gynecomastia can be caused due to the age-related changes in the hormonal activity.
Gynecomastia can also be the side effect of certain medications such as anti-anxiety drugs, anti-depressants, chemotherapy, drugs taken for the treatment of AIDS, etc.
Research studies have noted that excess use of drugs like marijuana, heroin, certain steroids, etc., can also cause gynecomastia.