This 1 Shocking Side Effect of Marijuana Every Man Should Know
So what is this elusive side effect? It’s gynecomastia, otherwise known as man boobs, or “moobs,” which may (or may not) be blamed for marijuana use. But is pot really to blame? Read on.
1. Gynecomastia symptoms
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2. Is gynecomastia common?
Gynecomastia is commonly found in teenage males, especially during hormonal changes, according to Breast Link. The condition typically affects up to 41% of men between the ages of 25 and 45 and 60% of 14-year-old adolescent boys, CNN reports. Even men aged 50 and older can develop gynecomastia.
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3. Does gynecomastia resolve without surgery?
Although the majority of gynecomastia cases resolve without surgery, a growing number of men are requesting plastic surgery to correct the condition. Surgery to treat the man boobs rose 36% between 2000 and 2016, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgery. Men in their 20’s report feeling embarrassed about the additional breast tissue and are opting for surgery.
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4. What causes gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is a hormonal imbalance between estrogen and testosterone, according to Mayo Clinic. Causes can be natural changes in puberty and the use of certain medications. Medicines include steroids, some antidepressants, antibiotics, cancer treatment, heart and HIV medications. Alcohol, amphetamines and heroin can also be a culprit.
Next: Health problems that could cause moobs.
5. Health issues that can produce gynecomastia
Certain health issues, which include kidney failure, hypogonadism, hyperthyroidism, liver failure and cirrhosis may cause a man’s breasts to enlarge. Also, starvation and even just normal aging, especially in overweight men, may create gynecomastia.
Next: The pot connection.
6. Connection between marijuana use and gynecomastia
“Although the association between marijuana and gynecomastia hasn’t been conclusively proven, it appears very plausible. For this reason, the majority of plastic surgeons I’ve consulted with routinely inquire with their gynecomastia patients about cannabis use and recommend they stop smoking pot immediately,” Dr. Adrian Lo, a plastic surgeon at Pennsylvania Hospital who specializes in breast reduction for men told The Huffington Post.
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7. When should you call your doctor
If you experience swelling, pain, tenderness or nipple discharge, contact your doctor, according to The Mayo Clinic. Of course, not all lumps are benign, so if you experience skin dimpling, nipple retraction, and a lump that may or may not be painful, call your doctor.
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