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6 Possible Causes of “Man Boobs”

November 25th, 2017

Learn what can trigger your body to create extra breast tissue

Over 30 percent of men struggle with enlarged breasts at some point in their lives. We’re not just talking about weight gain here. True “man boobs” don’t come from extra fat; they actually come from extra glandular tissue in your breasts. This tissue can develop if you have an imbalance of testosterone and estrogen in your system. Here are 6 possible reasons this may be happening to you.

You’re in Andropause: During andropause, testosterone production declines. This means you may not have enough testosterone to keep the cells that cause glandular breast tissue growth in check. You may also have elevated estrogen, which can further encourage breast tissue growth.

You’re Obese: Excess fat can disrupt your hormonal balance by producing a hormone called leptin. When leptin levels get too high, your body will be tricked into thinking it’s starving. Resources will be shifted away from sex and reproduction, leading to additional hormonal changes that can stunt sperm production and lower your testosterone.

You’re Using Steroids: The anabolic steroids used for bulking up are synthetic versions of testosterone that can get converted to estrogen. This can result in enough of an increase in your estrogen levels to trigger glandular breast tissue growth.

You’re on Medication: Certain medications—especially hair loss drugs—can cause breast enlargement in men. For example, the hair loss drug Propecia can create an anti-testosterone effect by blocking the conversion of testosterone into its stronger form, DHT. Other medications can block testosterone receptors and keep you from getting the testosterone you need to control breast growth.

You’re Using the Wrong Testosterone Replacement Program: Fat tissue contains an enzyme called aromatase, which can convert testosterone into estrogen. So, if you’re taking testosterone and you have any body fat at all, some of the testosterone will be converted to estrogen. If there is too much of this conversion, you could end up with man boobs. It’s essential to choose a testosterone replacement program like Renew Youth that accounts for the action of aromatase with measures like aromatase inhibitors or estrogen blockers.

Need Help Shrinking Your Man Boobs?

If you are concerned about man boobs, you need to get your hormones checked. At Renew Youth, we can help you get the testing and treatment you need to correct hormonal imbalance and prevent it from causing man boobs and other unpleasant and unhealthy symptoms. To get started call us at 800-859-7511 for a no-obligation consultation.

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