According to Dr. Robert Eckel, President of the American Heart Association, too much belly fat “…puts you at risk for many health problems — diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke.”
It’s no surprise, then, that with nearly 70% of Americans either overweight or obese, belly fat is now becoming one of the greatest dangers to our health. In fact, many pediatricians and endocrinologists are now agreeing that this generation may be the first generation to not outlive their parents (from the HBO docu-movie The Weight of the Nation).
So, what do belly fat and a condition called gynecomastia have in common?
Gynecomastia and a Beer Gut: More than Meets the Eye
When a man is overweight, he tends to accumulate fat in the belly area, according to Dr. Michael Jensen, an endocrinology specialist at the Mayo Clinic.
Since male genetics predispose them to fat in the belly, it automatically raises their risks for diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, metabolic syndrome, and sleep apnea.
What isn’t discussed in this article by the Mayo Clinic is the fact that some overweight men develop hormone-related gynecomastia due to too much estrogen in the blood stream.
Though there are many different factors that can also contribute to excess estrogen such as steroid use, illegal drugs, prescription medications, and kidney or liver failure, the fact remains that the most common cause of gynecomastia in overweight men is simply too much body fat.
This condition, commonly known as pseudogynecomastia, can usually be corrected with losing weight and testing the blood hormones to be sure there is restored balance between estrogen and testosterone.
For some men, however, the breast tissues does not shrink back to their original size and gynecomastia becomes the diagnosis. Surgery is usually necessary to correct the appearance of the breasts.
See a Male Breast Reduction Specialist
Just as you wouldn’t take your motorcycle to an auto repair shop, don’t get treated by anyone other than a cosmetic or plastic surgeon for gynecomastia surgery. In order to achieve the best aesthetic results, an expert is needed.
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