Can Diabetes Cause Gynecomastia?

Man boobs or ‘moobs’ is very common nowadays and there are several reasons that may contribute to the same. Very often it is a sedentary lifestyle or an underlying medical condition that leads to the men’s pectoral areas appear as breasts. Call it chest flab or ‘moobs’ it looks unsightly and leads to body-image issues in men. In medical terms, the condition is called gynecomastia. The Greek term for the same is known as the ‘gyneco-‘ meaning ‘woman’ and ‘masto-‘ conveying breasts. There are treatment options for the same such as, Gynecomastia treatment in Hyderabad that can help provide a chiselled chest and give you the physique of your dreams.

What is gynecomastia? And Can Diabetes cause Gynecomastia?

If you have heard about the term Gynecomastia before it is the benign enlargement of breast glandular tissue as seen in men. It is more common than we know and at least 30 percent of men may be suffering from gynecomastia during their lifetime. There are two types of gynecomastia,

  • Pseudogynecomastia– In this condition there is an accumulation of subcutaneous fat (fat under the skin) and it gives the chest a breast-like appearance.
  • True gynecomastia– In this condition, there is an accumulation of flab in the pectoral region.
Diabetes Type 1 and Gynecomastia

Type 1 diabetes

    : Diabetic mastopathy is a benign condition and this is a condition usually seen in men with type 1 diabetes. Men who have had suffered from this condition for a long time may gradually develop hard masses or lesions on their chests.

What causes Gynecomastia in Males?

What causes Gynecomastia in Males
There are various causes of true gynecomastia, they are as follows,

  • A hormonal appearance, the balance between the female hormone estrogen and the male hormone androgen is disrupted and there are two cases noticed here.
  • Increased estrogen production and less of androgen production.
  • Less androgen production.

Is There any Health Hazards Related to Gynecomastia?

Man boobs are harmless, they are benign conditions, and it is believed that gynecomastia by itself cannot cause any health hazards. What it can cause is, it can impact your self-esteem leading to anxiety problems.

But in some cases, there may be an underlying health condition that can lead to man boobs, especially in the case of true gynecomastia. If there is abnormal swelling in the pectoral region, you have to seek medical help to treat the same and get your queries answered such as, is gynecomastia genetic? The answer to the same will be not always, but in some cases, it can be genetic.

What are the Other Causes of Gynecomastia?

As men grow older, their testosterone level starts to fall. It may not fall in the same way as women who reach menopause, but men suffer from it too as their testosterone levels start to dip. The condition affects men who are overweight, men who are diabetic and men with an unhealthy liver. This occurs because fat cells (the ones around the abdomen) contain an enzyme known as the aromatase. This enzyme helps convert the testosterone into the body into estrogen. So, overweight men turn their testosterone levels into estrogen. Estrogen is the hormone that activates the breast tissue.

The liver plays a very important role as it breaks the excess estrogen and excretes the extra out of your body. If the liver is not able to do its job properly it is sluggish or inflamed, it is unable to do the job properly and especially in this case, the estrogen starts accumulating. Men who eat a lot of sugar or carbohydrate have lower levels of testosterone in their bloodstream because their liver manufactures more sex hormone-binding globulin. This is a carrier molecule that transports testosterone around the bloodstream. It also inhibits testosterone from carrying out its normal functions.

Other causes of gynecomastia include:

  • High consumption of alcohol (particularly beer) or marijuana
  • Steroids such as prednisone or dexamethasone
  • Overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism)
  • Liver diseases such as cirrhosis or cancer
  • Problems with the pituitary gland in the brain, or adrenal glands
  • A side effect of some medicines used to treat epilepsy

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How is Gynecomastia Treated?

The best way to treat this condition is to address the underlying cause. Some men attempt to increase their testosterone level by using testosterone cream, patches or injections. These remedies are often not successful because if a man is overweight and has an unhealthy liver, the supplemental testosterone will just get converted into more estrogen. This can worsen the original problem and may also raise the risk of enlargement of the prostate.

The following strategies are usually are more effective in treating Gynecomastia,

  • It is vital to improving the health of the liver. The liver plays a major role in hormone metabolism and fat metabolism. If your liver is healthy you will find it easy to maintain healthy body weight and your liver will work effectively.
  • You can try exercise as it helps to raise testosterone in men; exercises such as muscle strengthening exercise, read lifting weights are great ways of increasing the levels of testosterone. Exercising can help r lose weight if you do it regularly and help with your gynecomastia condition. Also, gynecomastia surgery is a great option for you to try as it can permanently get rid of the extra flab from your pecs. Contact a best cosmetic surgery clinic with highly qualified surgeon in your area, he will advise you on your condition and make necessary suggestions about the do’s and don’ts before male breast reduction surgery. This helps change your physique, ward diseases and boost confidence levels.
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