Teenager worried about Bodybuilding and gynecomastia
Patient : Hello doctor i need some advice. I am training to become a bodybuilder at 17 years of age. at the moment im in my cutting cycle where i loose the fat from my previous bulk, but my main concern was my nipples. I have been told by the doctor that i indeed have pubertal Gynecomastia. I have had a blood test and all my hormones where fine the doctor had told me. but my main concern is that in this type of sport i cant have Gynecomastia as the sport depends on the physique of the bodybuilder on top of that i cant stand the sight of it. i cant take my shirt off without seeing my nipples protrude from my pecs. what can i do? at the moment i am supplementing zinc as i have recently heard that it may increase testosterone, and i dont have enough money to have surgery unless insurance covers the cost please help.
Gynecomastia is usually secondary to the normal hormonal imbalances between testosterone and estrogen that commonly occcurs during puberty () and it may affect up to 40% of adolescent boys during puberty, usually by the age of 14. Several research studies reveal that mild gynecomastia regresses entirely in all patients, while moderate in only 20% after a 3 year duration. In contrast, severe gynecomastia which usually persists requires cosmetic surgery in a large proportion of patients (40%). This condition usually is benign and your Pediatrician should reassure you that this is normal and in most cases should disappear within a few months or years without treatment. This is particularly true in your case because you already got hormonal levels results within normal limits. As long as you keep a good training, healthy diet and away from the anabolic steroids or hormonal enhancers you will be ok.
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