Can only overweight men get man boobs? Is it a sign of breast cancer? I set the record straight on common gynecomastia myth, and separate fact from fiction.
Man boobs, or gynecomastia, can be a confidence killer. But it’s not the end of the world.
Gynecomastia, or the development of man boobs and excess glandular tissues, can occur when there is a hormonal imbalance or low testosterone levels in men. Being a naturally occurring hormone, testosterone is not only directly responsible for a man’s physical features but also his sex drive and mood.
To help you learn more about gynecomastia – and finally say goodbye to your man boobs – here are some answers you need.
Gynecomastia Myth #1: Only Overweight Men Can Get Gynecomastia
Fact: When there is hormonal imbalance, gynecomastia can strike males of all ages – from infants, adolescents and teens to those aged 50 and older. However, the tenderness and swelling usually recede in a few months to two years, so it’s still possible for some – such as babies and younger males – to forego treatment.
These symptoms are not uncommon during puberty. However, should they persist upon reaching adulthood, gynecomastia surgery is the answer.
Other factors that can increase your chances of experiencing a hormonal change or imbalance, and thus gynecomastia, include medications or drugs, alcohol, ageing and other health conditions.
Gynecomastia Myth #2: Gynecomastia Is A Sign Of Breast Cancer
Fact: There is a risk, but it is rare. If you do feel any lumps or abnormalities, it’s good to go for a check-up. In most cases, gynecomastia will not pose long-term problems or complications. The effects are found to be more psychological due to the change in a man’s appearance.
Gynecomastia Myth #3: I Just Need To Exercise More To Get Rid Of My Man Boobs
Fact: If you’re only dealing with pseudogynecomastia or fat build-up on the chest, there are workouts designed to build muscle and promote loss of fat. A healthy diet and a regular exercise programme that includes cardio and interval training, bench presses and weightlifting may help.
But if you have gynecomastia or excess glandular tissues, these lifestyle changes will not guarantee you losing the man boobs.
Gynecomastia Myth #4: It’s Hard To Treat Gynecomastia
Fact: Gynecomastia is often treatable. Not only does gynecomastia surgery work towards the permanent removal of excess glandular tissues, it also sculpts and defines the chest area with the promise of a short recovery time.