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if i develop gynecomastia does that mean that i'm getting fat?

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Dr. Martin Wertkin
Specializes in General Surgery
No: Gynecomastia is enlargement of the male breast. It is almost always related to hormone imbalances or medications. It has nothing to do with body fat.
Dr. Alan Greene
Dr. Alan Greeneanswered
Pediatrics 34 years experience
No: Gynecomastia is enlarged breast tissue in guys. It's the result of hormone imbalances. Excess body fat can cause changes in estrogen/testosterone balance - but is by no means the only cause. Skinny guys can get gynecomastia. Gynecomastia does not means someone is fat. Too much fat means someone is fat.
Dr. Robert Lang
Dr. Robert Lang commented
Endocrinology 52 years experience
A common cause of gynecomastia is low testosterone which causes muscle loss and increased fat.
Sep 28, 2011
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Maybe: True gynecomastia refers to enlargement of the normally very small area of dense, firm glandular tissue under the nipple in men. This would be due to a hormone imbalance as described in the other answers. Simply gaining weight, will not cause this, but can cause increased fat tissue in the breast area, creating the appearance of enlarged breasts.
Dr. Robert True
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Possibly: Gynecomastia normally refers to an increase in glandular tissue. However, extra fat can also deposit within the breasts, especially when someone is overweight. Indeed, extra fat can result in an increase in formation of estrogen, which can make breasts grow with both tissues. Either way, one way to treat them is with liposuction of the breasts in men.
Dr. Michael Bermant
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Gynecomastia and Fat: Just like a female breast, the anatomy of gynecomastia consists of fat, gland, and skin. Check out this drawing: http://www.Plasticsurgery4u.Com/procedure_folder/male_breast/gynecomastia_anatomy.Html to understand how different components can enlarge to different degrees. Male body fat tends to accumulate first chest & belly around body.
Dr. Mario Diana
Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
For sure NO: In fact, if breast volume increases in a normal adult male below the age of 50 it is a good idea to seek medical attention. Breast diseases (including breast cancer) may be erroneously attributed to "unilateral gynecomastia". Hormonal disfunctions can present as gynecomastia, as well as side effects of many medications. Surgical treatment is very effective.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

How can I tell if I have gynecomastia or if i'm just fat?

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Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery 37 years experience
Lose weight...: ...If you still have breasts it's gynecomastia. Or pinch it: if texture is dense and cobblestoney is gland if soft and compressible, it's fat. Compare the feel to an abdominal fat roll. Or you can get an MRI or ct.
A 29-year-old member asked:

How can my doctor diagnose gynecomastia?

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Dr. Martin Wertkin
Specializes in General Surgery
Examination: The diagnosis can usually be made by physical examination of the breasts. Sometimes mammography and ultrasound are helpful. Occasionally, biopsy is necessary.
A 26-year-old member asked:

Is there a natural treatment for gynecomastia?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Nothing known: Unfortunately there are no known natural cures for gynecomastia other than perhaps avoiding natural estrogenic products.
A 34-year-old member asked:

My doctor told me I have gynecomastia. What is that?

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Dr. Michael McGonigal
General Surgery 39 years experience
Male breast enlarged: This term refers to breast enlargement in men. It can be caused by hormone imbalances, endocrine disorders, and problems with the liver and kidneys.
A 27-year-old member asked:

What other treatment options for gynecomastia?

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Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 41 years experience
Surgery and surgery!: Other than weight loss (and treatment of any stimulating causes, like testicular tumors or other hormone causes), surgery is the only way to remove gynecomastia tissues, especially glandular component. Liposuction can help with the fatty part, but excision is needed for the glandular portion. There is no diet or supplement that can help. See an abps-certified plastic surgeon.

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