Where Do Man Boobs Come From?
Sometimes male breasts become enlarged. This condition is called gynecomastia, the swelling in the breast tissues in men, both young and old. While it is not a serious problem and does not affect your health in any way, gynecomastia can cause major embarrassment, especially for teens who can be the subject of ridicule due to their breast size.
But where do man breasts really come from? What are the causes of gynecomastia?
Delving into hormonal causes
Gynecomastia can develop due to a hormonal imbalance in the body. Testosterone and estrogen are two of the vital hormones that maintain sexual characteristics. Estrogen is responsible for female traits, which include the development of breasts. Men who have an excess of estrogen usually develop gynecomastia.
Certain medications can be the culprit
Sometimes, gynecomastia can also be caused by taking certain medications. Anti-androgens, which are used for the treatment of prostate cancer and enlargement, may contribute to the development of breasts in males. Anabolic steroids, antibiotics, chemotherapy, tricyclic antidepressants, and certain anti-anxiety medications can cause the condition as well.
Existing health conditions leading to gynecomastia
Several health conditions can also lead to gynecomastia, especially those that affect the normal hormonal balance in the body. These health conditions include kidney failure, hypogonadism, liver failure, and aging.
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