Gynecomastia vs fat chest

Gynecomastia vs fat chest. The two can occur at the same time, or one can cause the other.

Both gynecomastia and fat chest can make men look very large.

Causes of gynecomastia

Gynecomastia is caused by a hormone called androgen. Androgens are a group of hormones produced by the testicles.

The most common cause is an abnormality in the development of the testicles. This causes the testicles to grow larger than normal, and the breast tissues to thicken. This is called hirsutism.

Other causes of gynecomastia include:

  • Being male
  • Having a condition called Klinefelter syndrome
  • Having a condition called androgen insensitivity syndrome

Other causes are:

  • Being a woman
  • Having a condition called androgen-secreting tumors of the testicles

Sometimes, gynecomastia develops when a man has an extremely low level of estrogen.

In men with a low level of estrogen, the testicles produce too much testosterone. The increased testosterone causes the male breast tissue to thicken. This is called andropause.

Some men develop gynecomastia when they are taking a steroid called an androgen.

Gynecomastia is also caused by other medical conditions. These include:

  • Cancer
  • Cirrhosis of the liver
  • Liver disease
  • Obesity
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Pregnancy
  • Testicular cancer
  • Testicular torsion

Gynecomastia can also be caused by a reaction to a drug, especially a drug called anabolic steroids.

Gynecomastia caused by andropause and by drugs is more common in men who have a low level of estrogen.

How to prevent gynecomastia?

There are several ways to prevent gynecomastia. The most important is to stop taking certain medications that can cause gynecomastia. Your doctor can tell you which drugs you should stop taking.

If you are experiencing gynecomastia, you should also see your gynecologist for testing. Your doctor may recommend that you take a medicine to help reduce the size of your breasts.

To help prevent gynecomastia, you should:

  • Limit your food intake
  • Avoid taking anabolic steroids
  • Avoid taking a medicine known as aromatase inhibitors
  • Take a medicine known as an oestrogen-receptor down-regulator

If you have gynecomastia and you have a family history of breast cancer, you should talk to your doctor about your risk of developing breast cancer.

How to treat gynecomastia?

In most cases, gynecomastia will go away on its own. If your gynecomastia is caused by an androgen-secreting tumor, or you have andropause, you may need to take hormonal medications to help reduce the growth of the tumor.

If your gynecomastia is caused by a drug or by an infection, you may need to take antibiotics or other medicines to treat the infection.

If the cause of your gynecomastia is unknown, your doctor may recommend that you take hormones to help reduce the development of breast tissue.

If your gynecomastia is caused by another medical condition, your doctor may recommend that you take medicines to treat the condition.

In some cases, your doctor may recommend surgery to remove the enlarged breast tissue.

In rare cases, your doctor may recommend that you have your testicles surgically removed. This is not usually necessary.

If your gynecomastia is caused by cancer or a cancer treatment, your doctor may recommend that you take medicines to help you manage your cancer. They may also recommend that you take medicines to help prevent cancer.

When to see your doctor?

If you are experiencing gynecomastia, you should talk to your doctor. Your doctor can help you find out what is causing your gynecomastia, and they can help you come up with a treatment plan for it. They can also refer you to a specialist.

Your doctor can also help you decide if you need to be tested for any other causes of gynecomastia.

If you are experiencing gynecomastia and the cause is not known, you should talk to your doctor. They can help you come up with a treatment plan for your gynecomastia.

Preventing gynecomastia

If you are male, you can help prevent gynecomastia by taking steps to reduce your hormone levels.

These steps include:

  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Avoiding drugs or other medical treatments that can cause gynecomastia
  • Taking steps to manage your weight
  • Avoiding smoking

If you notice any changes in your breast tissue, you should talk to your doctor. They can help you come up with a plan for managing your gynecomastia.

What is the long-term outlook?

Gynecomastia is not always a cause for concern, but it can be a cause for concern. This is especially true if you have a family history of breast cancer.

A doctor can determine the cause of your gynecomastia. In most cases, the cause will not be cancer. However, if your gynecomastia is caused by another medical condition, you may need to take medicines to manage the condition.

If you have cancer, your gynecomastia may be caused by treatment, or it may be an early sign of cancer.

If your gynecomastia goes away on its own, it is not generally a cause for concern.

However, if gynecomastia is causing symptoms, such as pain, you should see a doctor.

In rare cases, gynecomastia can be a sign of a serious medical condition.

Your doctor can help you decide if you need to see a gynecologist. They can also help you come up with a plan for managing your gynecomastia.

Seek emergency medical attention if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Severe pain or swelling
  • A lump in your breast
  • An unexpected lump in your breast

Living with gynecomastia

Gynecomastia can be a condition that is common in men but rare in women.

However, if you have it, you should not feel self-conscious about it. This is especially true if it is mild.

The takeaway

Gynecomastia is an increase in the size of your breast tissue. Gynecomastia is not a disease, but a symptom.

Gynecomastia is not linked to cancer, but it can sometimes be a symptom of some types of cancer. See your doctor if gynecomastia does not go away on its own or if it is caused by cancer.

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