While the chest might normally seem like a focal point for women, it might come as a surprise the chest is an area that a lot of men also want to modify. At 30% of males are affected by gynecomastia (also known as “man boobs”), yet the condition isn’t completely understood.
If you’re one of the millions of men feeling insecure and frustrated by this condition, Dr. Amy Alderman in Atlanta, GA can help you gain control and find a solution on how to get the chest you want.
What Is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is the unwanted enlargement of male breast tissue. This condition causes an excess amount of fat to accumulate on the chest, causing the male breasts to look more feminine. Though gynecomastia doesn’t cause any medical risks, it can cause mental and emotional issues like debilitating anxiety, self-consciousness, and a lack of confidence.
What Are the Causes of Gynecomastia?
Many people assume that gynecomastia is caused by weight gain, but the honest answer is much more complicated. Gynecomastia can affect men of all ages and sizes, even healthy, active young men. Here are some of the leading causes of gynecomastia in men:
Genetics can play a significant role in the development of gynecomastia. If you have excess fat or tissue in the chest area, but your weight and eating habits are both healthy, your gynecomastia condition could be the results of an unfortunate genetic predisposition.
Men produce estrogen in two ways. First, an excess of testosterone can trigger the production of excess estrogen. Second, excess fat tissue can produce estrogen. Any man with gynecomastia is likely to have excess estrogen in his system.
Insulin is a primary regulator of fat metabolism in your body. If your muscles, liver, and other cells are equipped with enough glucose, insulin instructs all remaining sugars to be converted into dangerous fatty sugars called triglycerides. As long as your body’s insulin levels remain high, your body will naturally continue to store extra fat—including the fat that causes gynecomastia.
How To Get Rid of Gynecomastia
Here are a few tips on how to get rid of male breasts:
- Reverse Insulin Resistance: Reversing insulin resistance won’t happen overnight, but there are habits you can start creating to get the process started. Create consistent healthy eating habits to help balance your blood sugar levels. Start by limiting your carb intake and replacing carbs with foods proven to boost your insulin sensitivity, like avocado, nuts, spinach, meat products, eggs, and coffee. The combination of fewer sugars and carbs in your system and a strict exercise routine has proved to be a powerful method.
- Gynecomastia Surgery: If natural treatments fail to produce results, your gynecomastia could be inherited through genetics. In this case, consult a plastic surgeon. A gynecomastia procedure removes the excess fat from your chest and sculpts your upper body to create the appearance you desire.