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Is it common for overweight male teens with "man boobs"to have many lumps in their breasts. Everyone says theyare fatty deposits. Is it true? How to tell?

Is it common for overweight male teens with "man boobs"to have many lumps in their breasts. Everyone says theyare fatty deposits. Is it true? How to tell?

C Physician: Based on your description, i think you will benefit from an in-person examination by your physician. Physical examination will go a long way in differentiating masses that are concerning (versus gynecomastia) and potentially require additional workup, such as x-ray evaluation. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

Nearly two-thirds of the United States population is overweight. There are many ways to determine if a person is overweight, but experts believe that a person's body mass index (BMI) is the best way to assess an adult's weight in relation to their height. * A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal. * Adults with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight. There are exceptions. For example, an athlete may have a higher BMI but not be overweight. * Adults with a BMI greater than 30 are considered obese. * Adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 40 are considered extremely obese. * Anyone more than 100 pounds overweight is considered morbidly obese. A person with a high BMI may have a normal amount of body fat is they have ...Read more


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I am 26 and have been overweight since my teens. Should I be worried about any heart problems or is my anxiety playing a role of me worrying so much?

I am 26 and have been overweight since my teens. Should I be worried about any heart problems or is my anxiety playing a role of me worrying so much?

Obesity is an: independent risk factor for heart disease. You should be worried. In addition it also leads to other life shortening illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension. Both of these disorders will lead to complications and a shortened life expectancy. Lose weight. If you can't do it yourself ask your health care professional for help. ...Read more

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I've had sleep study twice, mild sleep apnea. Am 18 years old, what underlying problem could i have? Does it surprise a teens on cpap? Not overweight!

I've had sleep study twice, mild sleep apnea. Am 18 years old, what underlying problem could i have? Does it surprise a teens on cpap? Not overweight!

Depends...: If you're 18 and not overweight, obstructive sleep apnea in your case may have numerous possible causes. You should see an ENT doctor for a thorough evaluation of your upper airway anatomy to identify your possible areas of obstruction (e.g. Base of tongue, tonsils, adenoids, deviated septum, dentition, jaw position). Everyone is different so you should get checked out. ...Read more

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What causes insulin resistance besides obesity? Im not overweight at all, have been hypoglycemic since teens, now new diagnosis of insulin resistance.

What causes insulin resistance besides obesity? Im not overweight at all, have been hypoglycemic since teens, now new diagnosis of insulin resistance.

See integrative doc: Some forms of small intestine dysbiosis can cause insulin resistance is the new research into the human microbiome (gut). Happens in slender or skinny people, and worth investigating. Sounds secondary, and need to treat root cause, review your medical records, history, and do further work up. Taking PPI (anti acid meds) changes your pH, and this can be additive. Need a 2nd opinion to correlate! ...Read more

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What are the health risks of being overweight?

What are the health risks of being overweight?

Overweight: Many health risks: Diabetes Hypertension High levels of multiple liver problems. The list goes on! Please see your doctor about this as soon as you can. ...Read more

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What are te top risks associated with being overweight?

What are te top risks associated with being overweight?

Overweight: Many potential risks from being overweight. Start by going online and seek articles related to obesity. Some articles may be above your understanding but there will be plenty for you to understand and put into use. Don't get it after rereading? Unlikely, but if so please see a dietitian. Your doctor will refer you. Let me know how it turns out. ...Read more

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Explain the health risks for both anorexia and overweight. Which one is worse and how do both disease affect your daily lifetsyle?

Burning both ends oj: Both conditions are risky to your life eventually. Manage your eating habits, drinking more water and do your exercise and you will enjoy your life better for tomorrow. ...Read more

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Am I at risk for diabetes if overweight only?

Am I at risk for diabetes if overweight only?

Yes: Overweight and obesity put you at risk for prediabetes and diabetes. I would recommend screening if you are in this category. The tests are very simple: just blood testings. See your doctor for further discussion. ...Read more

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Are overweight people the only ones at risk of diabetes or are they just more likely to get it?

Are overweight people the only ones at risk of diabetes or are they just more likely to get it?

No: Being overweight is clearly the biggest risk factor for type 2 diabetes. However, lack of exercise, genetics, age and some medications (antipsychotics, steroids and mood stabilizers) can also contribute. The only ones that can be changed are exercise, weight and medications. These are particularly important to watch if you have a first degree relative with type 2 diabetes. ...Read more