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A 43-year-old member asked:

What causes man boobs?

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Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 24 years experience
Gynecomastia: Hormones cause men to get boobs. Obesity can allow testosterone to convert into estrogen when men become too heavy. Drugs can also cause this condition. Even liver failure from alcoholism. See your doctor and let him/her examine your chest. If your breasts are enlarged it is important to try to understand why and if an option to correct it exists.
Dr. Arian Mowlavi
Plastic Surgery 27 years experience
Gynecomastia: Caused by several hormonal factors that can cause an increase in fat or breast gland growth. Most common causes involve, increase voluntary weight gain or any chemical that causes an increase in estrogen production. Most common cause in younger patients is an increase is marijuana.
Dr. Payman Danielpour
Surgery - Plastics 19 years experience
Gynecomastia: Man boobs aka gynecomastia is benign enlargement of breast tissue in males. Up to 60% of men worldwide have some degree of gynecomastia and there are a variety of causes. The causes have to be ruled out for the proper treatment. If all underlying hormonal and drug causes are ruled out, then the benign breast mass can be removed via liposuction or direct excision depending on the degree.

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A 16-year-old male asked:

Does milk cause man boobs?

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Dr. Natalie Hodge
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Gynecomastia?: No Milk does not cause this condition. This can be transiently normal in boys while they are in puberty however. Check with your doc about the situation.
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A 82-year-old male asked:

Can saw palmetto cause man boobs?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Possibly but...: Saw palmetto is reported to occasionally cause gynecomastia (male breast enlargement) but no one knows how common this is. It is not very common, as I have had many patients take this and none have reported this. Saw palmetto interferes with the conversion of testosterone to DHT. DHT aggravates prostate enlargement and baldness, but topical DHT may be effective in treating gynecomastia.

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