Low testosterone levels can cause a variety of health issues, including gynecomastia, commonly referred to as “man boobs.”
While the physical reality of gynecomastia needs to be considered, there is a psychological component to this condition that can be very challenging to men of all ages. For some, gynecomastia results in self-esteem or self-confidence issues, whether on the beach or in the bedroom.
Let’s take a look at the connection between low testosterone and gynecomastia in order to understand what treatments are available to alleviate its symptoms for optimal physical and psychological well-being.
Does low T lead to gynecomastia?
While not everyone with low testosterone will develop gynecomastia, it is a very common outcome associated with low T; in fact, “Researchers have estimated that the prevalence among men ages 50 to 80 is between 24% and 65%.”
In this case, the prevalence tracks with a decrease in testosterone as a result of the natural aging process.
It’s important to note, however, that gynecomastia resulting from low T has also been connected to certain medications and treatments for various illnesses, as well as the illnesses themselves. Additionally, substance abuse, including narcotics and alcohol, can also compromise testosterone levels, potentially resulting in gynecomastia.
What can I do about gynecomastia?
Unfortunately, gynecomastia relative to the aging process really can’t be completely prevented; however, there are things you can do to minimize symptoms should you develop this condition.
For extreme cases, surgery may be appropriate to remove excess tissue; however, an effective and popular gynecomastia treatment is hormone replacement therapy.
Discover Viking’s testosterone hormone replacement therapy and explore the benefits to your overall health and well-being.
“My husband has been a patient at Viking since the beginning. I have been to some of his visits and find Josh to be thorough and professional. Josh took the time to explain to us lab results and make necessary changes. Josh is a caring individual and has helped my husband feel his best.”P. Doucette
Simply contact us to schedule a consultation and discuss your options, whether for gynecomastia treatment or any other concern related to low T.