In this article, we will describe three main reasons for the emergence of gynecomastia, as well as what to do when it occurs.
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Gynecomastia in Bodybuilding
Gynecomastia is a benign growth anomaly of glandular tissue (fibrous and adipose), mammary hypertrophied glands in men. In other words, the development of female breasts in men with the impossibility of lactation may be both on the one hand and symmetrically. The term “Gynecomastia” was introduced by Helen in the first century AD. It comes from the connection between the words “gynecology” – a woman, and “mastos” – the mammary gland. One of the most common problems in Bodybuilding.
Symptoms of gynecomastia are primarily manifested by an increase in dense tissue just below the nipple under the skin, in a diameter of 2 to 4 cm. Usually accompanied by sensitivity when touching. Studies indicate that gynecomastia occurs in about 32-65 % of the male population over 17 years of age.
The main cause of this disease is an imbalance between estrogen and androgens, but it can also be caused by individual susceptibility of breast tissue to estrogen. In addition, the development of gynecomastia may be facilitated by hormones in excess, which are contained in the male mammary gland. These include cortisol, thyroxine, human chorionic gonadotropin, prolactin and other hormones caused by excess production of estrogens and androgens. As a rule, they are provoked by high activity of aromatase, i.e. conversion of androgens into estrogen. Excess levels of growth hormone (GR) and insulin-like growth factor (IGF) can also have a negative impact on the breast with subsequent tissue expansion. The causes of gynecomastia can be divided into physiological, pathological and idiopathic causes.
Physiological process of development occurs in three stages of life:
In childhood (the activity of estrogen in the body of the mother of the carrying child) – symptoms usually disappear spontaneously in a few months;
During puberty (excessive production of estrogen and testosterone in a teenager). The summit falls on 13-14 years. Symptoms usually disappear spontaneously in 6 months to 3 years.
In the process of aging. 30-85% of physiological development of gynecomastia occurs in men from 50 to 80 years old. As everyone knows, in men with age testosterone levels decrease significantly in the ratio with estrogens, it leads to the activation of peripheral aromatization in estrogen, which in turn leads to an imbalance between androgen and estrogen. Most often, gynecomastia occurs in mature men with andropause syndrome.
Gynecomastia of unknown origin (idiopathic case)
It is a great competitor to physiological processes of development. It is the most frequently diagnosed type of gynecomastia, 25% of all cases. In order to diagnose an idiopathic type of development, all other known causes of breast hypertrophy, such as abnormal levels of gonadotropin, reduced testosterone and LH, obesity, etc., should be found, as well as the causes of idiopathic syndrome may be the local increase in aromatism.
Over the past 50 years in the United States, gynecomastia has become one of the undesirable side effects of more than 300 steroids. Medicinal gynecomastia is manifested in 10-25% of all cases of its development. This is often the result of continuous, prolonged administration of hormones, antibiotics, cardiovascular steroids, ulcers, chemotherapeutic agents of retroviruses and some psychiatric steroids. These steroids influence the development of glandular tissue through various mechanisms. Mainly through direct or indirect elevation of estrogen and androgen levels, which results in dysfunction of the testicular axis. steroids can cause estrogenic effects, increase aromatisation and stimulate prolactin secretion. Alcohol and steroid abuse also increase the risk of gynecomastia. A common cause is the use of anabolic steroids. As mentioned earlier, gynecomastia is caused by an imbalance between estrogens and androgens. To prevent this, some steroids have been created, however, they are effective only in the active stage of the disease.
Dynerics – steroids that normalize the contact of steroids with estradiol receptors in the hypothalamus and increases the secretion of gonadotropin hormones, testosterone. These include Clomide, which can also exhibit anti-estrogenic properties in high doses.
Spb anabolics that are prone to aromatization, such as Testosterone, also carry the development of gynecomastia, with the ideal solution would be aromatisation inhibitors, steroids that prevent the conversion of androgens into estrogen. The most effective steroid is Tamoxifen and Anastrozol. Aromatase inhibitors have antagonistic activity in relation to estrogen receptors in the breast.
Thus, it is very important to normalize the hormone balance as quickly as possible. This is why auxiliary steroids are taken both during and after the cycle of steroids. It is important to understand that gynecomastia in its final stages is only eliminated by surgery. Anabolics for women are safer in terms of estrogen activity.