An increase of glandular breast tissue in males, or gynecomastia, is more common than you might think. More than 60% of men experience an increase in size of one or both breasts at some point during their life. This can be a normal, natural part of adolescence. It can also be caused by medical conditions such as a testicular tumor or a liver condition. This is rare though and in most cases the cause is unknown.
Treatment for gynecomastia should begin with diet and exercise. Aerobic exercise to reduce adipose tissue in the chest should be done regularly. A daily routine of 10 to 30 minutes of aerobic exercise can greatly reduce your percentage of body fat.
Some cases are caused by excessive use of marijuana, heroine and alcohol. There are prescription medications that can cause this condition as well. Decreasing the use of these substances is another effective treatment for gynecomastia.
Your doctor can prescribe medications which can help. In some cases these medications are effective. For some taking medications for other conditions, a change in your current prescription medications may be all you need to treat your gynecomastia.
Hormonal imbalances can this to occur in males, and treatment to resolve this imbalance may help to reverse the effects. More research needs to be done in this area. It is unclear how helpful this course of action is at this time.
Studies show that diet and exercise is the most effective treatment. The reduction of adipose tissue through diet can show drastic improvement in breast size. Liposuction to remove chest fat can decrease breast size. The risks inherent to surgical procedures need to be taken into consideration by those who are considering male breast reduction surgery.
The glandular breast tissue involved in true gynecomastia can not be removed by diet and is difficult to dissolve for liposuction. This tissue often has to be removed by old fashioned surgical excision. Scarring is possible with surgical procedures as are infections and other risks normally involved with surgery. Surgery should be considered as a last resort when all means to get rid of your gynecomastia naturally, have been exhausted.