Man boobs, a condition that one might think is reserved for guys who don’t take the best care of their bodies, can be quite disturbing when it sprouts up. The use of anabolic steroids, however, has a direct impact on the fragile balance of hormones in the body, throwing off the interplay between testosterone and estrogen.
So delicate is the balance of hormones, in fact, that even a single injection of anabolic steroids results in enough chemical alteration to lead to the development of man boobs, formally termed gynecomastia.
Chemical Impact of Steroid Use
Synthetic anabolic steroids, although taken to enhance muscle-building capabilities, come with two sides. On one hand, the consumption of such a substance will facilitate better muscle mass and increase strength. On the other hand, the continual use of anabolic steroids is likely to influence sexual characteristics, which is why some men experience an increase in breast tissue subsequent to the use of steroids. True, anabolic steroids are intended to raise the levels of testosterone in the body, and gynecomastia is largely caused by excess estrogen. So where is the link?
The body is an amazing operational system in which one part affects all others, even on a chemical and cellular level. As testosterone levels quickly elevate with the use of synthetic anabolic steroids, even those that are formulated to minimize androgenic effects, the body’s natural response is to balance out this fluctuation in hormones by producing more estrogen. Link confirmed.
Dealing with Gynecomastia
There is no place for man boobs in bodybuilding, nor in any area of a man’s existence. This condition impacts not only professional standing of the bodybuilder, but also carries some pretty hefty emotional ramifications. Although it can be tempting to immediately halt the use of steroids when man boobs appear, this step could actually do more harm than good. Remember, the body seeks balance of hormones. Dramatically altering the level of testosterone in either direction will set off a domino effect.
Exercise and Man Boobs
As any bodybuilder knows, all muscles are regularly targeted for being increased with each workout. The issue that creates excess breast mass has nothing to do with the chest muscles and everything to do with the breast glands. Therefore, excessively working out the chest muscles often leads to more pronounced man boobs. Not exactly what you were looking for!
How to Lose Man Boobs?
To deal with any problem, you must get straight to the source. In the case of gynecomastia, the problem often times is the glandular tissue of the affected breasts, in which case they must be surgically removed. This process is relatively quick, has little discomfort, and is safe by using laser assisted techniques that produce little to no scarring. Working with a skilled gynecomastia specialist, man boobs can be eliminated for good.
Author Bio: Dr. Emmanuel Asare is a Board Certified Internist and cosmetic physician as well as the founder of Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York. He regularly treats male patients from the bodybuilding, acting, and modeling industries due to his unique laser-assisted techniques and virtually scarless results. He believes in every patient’s right to feeling confident in their appearance.
With practices in New York City and Long Island, he and his team of surgeons perform gynecomastia treatment and a host of other cosmetic enhancement procedures on a regular basis. Dr. Asare can be reached at 212.206.0023 or 631.499.1831. You can also visit his Gynecomastia New York website.