Pseudogynecomastia is a medical condition in male humans. It is the development of female-like breast enlargement. Although it may seem humorous to some, those who suffer are not amused. This condition differs from gynecomastia which results from a hormonal imbalance. When breast prominence is due solely to excessive adipose or chest fat, it is termed pseudocomastia – man boobs.
This type of man boobs is caused by obesity. Heredity may be a factor if fatty tissue develops disproportionately in the chest area, but the main cause for pseudogynecomastia is environmental – life style choices. If the embarrassment quotient has risen to your personal level of intolerance, perhaps it’s time for action. Lose your man boobs now.
OK, how do you know if you have gynecomastia or pseudogynecomastia? If you have the physical symptoms, then a blood sample will confirm a hormonal imbalance. Your doctor will be able to confirm which condition exists. No hormonal imbalance, then pseudogynecomastia.
What are the treatment options?
Weight loss can dramatically reduce breast prominence. However, it is difficult to target body areas for weight loss either with diet or exercise. The wrong exercises can actually increase breast prominence.
As a side note: here is a fine example of the medical insurance companies in action – many American insurance companies deny coverage for surgery for pseudogynecomastia treatment on the grounds that it is a cosmetic procedure.
The medical establishment offers two treatment options:
- Surgery, liposuction for fatty tissue removal
- Pharmaceutical medication for weight loss.
As a proponent of natural health treatment methods, I can not recommend either treatment strategy from the medical establishment. There are less costly strategies which are not dangerous, invasive, surgery; or artificial, manipulative, pharmaceutical products. However, if you are taking some pharmaceutical products for other health issues, then I suggest that you investigate alternative medicines (with your doctor) as weight gain may be a side-effect of your current medication.
There are natural treatment strategies for pseudogynecomastia:
- natural herbal supplement treatments
- all natural exercise and diet programs.
Remember the cause of the condition known as pseudogynecomastia is obesity. A successful treatment and prevention strategy must include a weight loss component which not only reduces your weight but teaches you a life style which will keep the weight off.