Alcohol linked to ‘moobs’

male breast reductionOne drink in particular has recently been linked to an increased risk in developing moobs or male breasts: IPA, which stands for India Pale Ale. There are a plethora of IPAs available on the market, and their interesting, hoppy flavour has resonated well with consumers, leading to an explosion in popularity. Between 2014 and 2015, it is reported that sales of IPAs increased by a whopping 450%. Hoppy ales are the big thing right now, and craft beer is most definitely on trend.

There is, however, an unwelcome side effect for the nation’s hop-loving consumers. It has been reported recently that components found within IPAs can actually lead to men developing an over-enlarged chest area that appears similar to female breasts.

Increasing the risk of moobs developing

The hops that are present in the popular ‘hoppy IPAs’ contain a natural component called phytoestrogens which are found in plants. These have some positive side effects; for example, they are good at helping you drift off to sleep at night, but they also attach to the oestrogen receptors in the body, interfering with how they should be working, with scientists now believing that this can stimulate the development of man boobs.

It’s not just the phytoestrogens that you need to be mindful of though….

Excessive alcohol consumption is known to be a risk factor in developing moobs, whatever your favourite tipple. The liver is responsible for many different jobs in the body, one of which is the removal of excess oestrogen in males. If the liver is affected by alcohol it can struggle to perform its job properly, meaning excess oestrogen can build up in the body.

In the male body, the liver processes hormones called androgens, which are linked with the production of testosterone. If the liver is affected by alcohol it can turn these androgens into oestrogen, which in men can play an essential role in the growth and development of female secondary sexual characteristics such as breasts, hence the enhanced risk of developing moobs.

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If you are already concerned with the appearance of your chest area, it is important to realise that there is a potential solution. Cosmetic surgeon Mr Alan Parks is highly experienced in all cosmetic breast surgery procedures including male breast reduction, also known as a gynaecomastia procedure. To find out whether you are suitable for this procedure, call 07468 418 419 to arrange a consultation.