There is a social
stigma toward men that suffer from a poorly understood medical condition called
gynecomastia, more commonly referred to as “man boobs”. Many men view the
development of excess fatty tissue in the chest area as both a body image and a
health issue. They feel self conscious, unattractive and suffer a blow to their
self-esteem when they begin to exhibit physical characteristics more commonly
associated with women.
The solution may
be as simple as committing to an appropriate exercise program and adjusting
your diet to address excess weight. Exercise programs that emphasise
cardiovascular exercise and overall body conditioning in conjunction with a
diet that restricts calories will produce the most significant results.
Exercises that isolate the chest area in an attempt to spot-reduce excess fatty
tissue are ineffective in addressing the problem.
In addition to
situations where the condition is caused by excess weight, the development of
gynecomastia (man boobs) may be caused
by an underlying medical condition. Gynecomastia results from an imbalance of
the normal levels of the hormones estrogen and testosterone. Estrogen is found
in both male and female bodies but normally it is at much lower levels in the
male body. The effects of estrogen are also normally offset by the presence of
testosterone and other androgenic male hormones.
of estrogen can cause breast development in men.
imbalance can be a side effect of several kinds of medication and may also be
related to an underlying medical condition such as cirrhosis of the liver,
chronic kidney failure or testicular cancer. A doctor can usually determine the
difference between conditions caused by excess weight, where fatty tissue has
been deposited over the pectoral muscles, and actual enlargement of the breast
tissue caused by hormonal imbalance.
In addition to
exercise and diet, a doctor may change the patients medication or prescribe
antiestrogen treatment. In some cases, if the condition does not improve,
surgery may be recommended, although this does little to address the underlying
causes of gynecomastia.
undergarments are a simple but effective way to alleviate the physical display
of symptoms and maintain a positive body image for those suffering from the
condition. Specially designed undergarments made for men with symptoms of gynecomastia
also help maintain better posture and reduce pressure on the lower back.
Regardless of whether your symptoms are the result of being overweight or from
a hormonal imbalance, a compression undergarment can maintain a better body
image and higher self-esteem.