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6 Causes and Treatments for Gynecomastia or ‘Man Boobs’

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While “man boobs” (or the medical term gynecomastia) is often thought of as a result of an unhealthy diet, it’s actually a sign of a medical condition that can be quite embarrassing for many men.

The condition involves the growth of breast tissue on male chests, and often has an underlying health cause that can vary from case to case. Let’s examine six causes and treatments of this sometimes physically (and mentally) painful problem…

1. Hormonal Imbalances are a Factor

The Mayo Clinic explains the appearance of breasts on men can be caused by an upset in the testosterone/estrogen balance. While estrogen is often thought of as a female-only hormone, it also plays a role in men.

These hormonal imbalances can happen in newborns (from the mother’s estrogen) and boys going through puberty, although older men can often end up with the problem as well. The condition can be painful, but the clinic says it can often go away on its own.

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