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Gynecomastia, Male Breast Enlargement

male_breast.JPG Gynecomastia, male breast enlargement, results from an altered estrogen-androgen balance. Surprisingly, it is quite common in men, being present in 30% to 50% of healthy men.

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Question:

I have had a mild case of gynecomastia (benign male breast enlargement) since I began entering puberty. I found a gynecomastia removal product on the internet that contains a blend of oyster shell calcium, coral calcium, egg shell calcium, alum dehydrated, and magnesium silicate. In two months, it nearly completely reversed all signs of gynecomastia. However, once I stopped supplementation, the condition returned. I have two questions. Do you have any idea how this seemingly simple product removed the gynecomastia? Also, it seems that the return of my gynecomastia is hormonal, and if so, what can be done to balance these hormones?

Answer:

Gynecomastia results from an altered estrogen-androgen balance. Surprisingly, it is quite common in men, being present in 30% to 50% of healthy men. Maybe it is less surprising once you realize that men have much more estrogen circulating about in their bloodstream than they think. In fact, the average man of 65 has more estrogen in his body than the average woman of the same age. With that in mind, you might want to read:

  • Chapter 10 of Lessons from the Miracle Doctors. It explains how to rebalance proper estrogen and testosterone levels in the body, both of which are important when it comes to gynecomastia. You can download a free copy on this site. Incidentally, a quick search on the net uncovers several men’s progesterone creme products to help lower estrogen levels.
  • You also will want to free up your bound testosterone and prevent its conversion to dihydrotestosterone. A good men’s formula will be helpful here.

As to why your calcium supplement helped? Calcium regulates the uptake of estrogen by the cells of the body. Lowering calcium levels increase cell permeability to estrogen. Conversely, raising calcium levels down regulates estrogen receptors, thereby lessening uptake by your body’s cells. Increasing calcium levels, then, doesn’t get rid of the excess estrogen, but it does lessen its effects — at least as long as you keep supplementing.

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