Leave it up to Blake Shelton to coin the new term, moobs, for his embarrassing condition known as gynecomastia or male breasts.
Male breasts can develop at any time. Typically, moobs developed during infancy and puberty tend to resolve on its own. Moobs developed between the ages of 50 and 80 don’t easily disappear with time.
Swollenness is usually caused by an imbalance of testosterone and estrogen. Medications, alcohol, recreational drugs, kidney or liver failure and malnutrition can also lead to the hormonal imbalance. What can you do? You can be like Blake and flaunt them at the American Country Music award show… or tell them to “moob over”!
Let’s review the most 2 common causes of moobs.
How do I manage my moobs?
Unlike women, male breast enlargement isn’t desirable or pleasing to the eye and sometimes, they can be painful. There are two ways to manage this problem.
How do I prevent moobs?
Aside from moobs, men are probably more concerned about the decline of their testosterone level. Your doctor can order a blood test to measure your total testosterone level. If there is an abnormally low result, then you may have testosterone deficiency.Testosterone deficiency can lead to other conditions such as impotence, lack of sex drive, depression, hair loss, body fat gain and osteoporosis which are far worse than male breasts. At this time, there are no testosterone supplements to help treat those conditions except for one- the low sex drive. There is a popular supplement called the horny goat weed (seriously). Horny goat weed or epimedium is a Chinese herb used to treat low libidos by increasing blood flow to the groin. Sound familiar? It should. That’s how Viagra® works.
The uneven balance of male and female hormones is the predominant reason for moobs. Prevent moobs by maintaining a healthy body weight with exercise and healthy diet. Refrain from excessive alcohol consumption and illegal substances. If moobs still develop, the underlying condition may be related to malnutrition, liver or kidney failure or testosterone deficiency. If testosterone deficiency is the cause, then it should be treated as it can lead to impotence, low sex drive, depression, hair loss, body fat gain and osteoporosis.
About the Author
Dr. Karine Wong has over 12 years of clinical experience as a clinical hospital pharmacist, manager and lecturer. She has taught numerous pharmacotherapy lectures to nurses, medical interns and pharmacy students in Southern California. In 2013, she published Call Me Doctor, her first fiction novel. Currently, she contributes articles on www.rxeconsult.com, a website for healthcare professionals.