Gynecomastia is a condition that causes the male breasts to overgrow. While not usually a painful condition, it can cause distress, issues wearing well fitting clothes, and problems exercising. It affects men of all ages, but younger men and older men are more susceptible. Let’s look into the question, “What is the cause of gynecomastia?”
Gynecomastia can have a few causes. The most common ones are unbalanced hormones. For example, gynecomastia is common in puberty, but often resolves over time. This is also true for older men who are experiencing a decrease in testosterone. Sometimes this may resolve and other times, especially when a patient has a hormone disorder such as thyroid issues, it may not improve on its own.
Genetics and weight fluctuations can also play a role in gynecomastia. Some men are simply more likely to develop gynecomastia than others. Often, there is no identifiable cause. To address long lasting gynecomastia, male breast reduction is the most effective treatment.