Think you may have developed Pseudogynecomastia? Here’s a checklist of the most common symptoms associated with Pseudogynecomastia:
Weight Gain: Have you recently gained weight? Men tend to carry excess weight in the stomach and chest, increasing the chance to develop Pseudogynecomastia.
Strange Feeling: Taking your fingers, push into the breast tissue. How does it feel? If you would describe it as oddly firm or rubbery, then this could be a symptom of Pseudogynecomastia.
Asymmetrical Growth: Look at yourself in the mirror from the front and side view. Does it seem like one breast is bigger than the other? If so, this is a common sign of Pseudogynecomastia.
Overall Health: Feeling rundown, lacking a sex drive, and mood swings can be subtle clues that you are at risk of developing Pseudogynecomastia, if you haven’t already.
Causes of Pseudogynecomastia
There is a vicious cycle that is behind most cases of pseudogynecomastia involving lifestyle choices and hormones.
Low Metabolism and Body Fat
When men eat poorly and skip exercise, they increase the risk of weight gain. Studies show that excess fat mass correlates with a low metabolism and low testosterone levels. What’s more, being overweight can promote the production of a compound in the body called aromatase.
The aromatase enzyme converts testosterone to estrogen. Testosterone is the male-dominant hormone that promotes fat burning, muscle mass, and a harder, leaner physique – one that is characteristically masculine. Estrogen, on the other hand, is a female-dominant hormone, one that is associated with excess fat storage at the hips, buttocks, and breasts.
When men have too much estrogen, this hormone promotes fat storage in the breast area, resulting in Pseudogynecomastia.
Continuing the point above, the more estrogen a man has, the less testosterone his body produces. What’s more, a man may find that the increase of estrogen may correlate with a loss of muscle mass, increase in fat mass, mood swings, and fatigue.
The third part of this vicious cycle is the consistently low levels of testosterone. As we mentioned above, when a man has low levels of testosterone, he’s more likely to have higher levels of fat mass. His body will promote fat storage, not fat burning, thereby continuing this cycle of weight gain, estrogen production, and testosterone stunting. A tell-tale sign of low testosterone is the decrease in your libido. Men may also find it difficult to get and maintain an erection.
These three causes all contribute and fuel one another to cause the fat mass collection in the breast tissue known as Pseudogynecomastia.
The Difference Between Gynecomastia and Pseudogynecomastia
When a guy has man boobs, many people assume it’s a condition called gynecomastia. Often used as an umbrella term for man boobs, gynecomastia is not the same as Pseudogynecomastia.
Gynecomastia: Studies show that this condition is when new breast tissue – flesh and skin – develop usually due to the use of anabolic steroids or another medication. Fat mass does make up some of the breast mass, but the majority is new tissue growth.
Pseudogynecomastia: This is when fat cells have collected underneath and around the nipple, giving a feminine breast appearance. There is no excess tissue development; Pseudogynecomastia is only made up of stored fat.
How to Tell if You Have Gynecomastia or Pseudogynecomastia
Not sure how to tell if you have gynecomastia or Pseudogynecomastia? No worries; ask yourself these questions:
If you answered yes to most of these questions, then you most likely have Pseudogynecomastia. If you’ve been abusing anabolic steroids for the purpose of performance or muscular enhancement, then you may have gynecomastia. You can learn more about what is gynecomastia in our article.
The best way to determine whether you have gynecomastia or Pseudogynecomastia is by visiting your doctor and going through the typical examination, which will involve a questionnaire, physical exam, and possibly tests such as blood work.
Male Breast Reduction Treatment Options
If you currently suffer from Pseudogynecomastia or man boobs, a few simple changes in your lifestyle choices can help to get rid of it. Begin eating a lower calorie diet, exercise more, and try natural fat-burning supplements. If you have an extreme case of Pseudogynecomastia, we highly recommend speaking with your doctor as medication in combination with diet and exercise may be the best option.