Can Exercise Reduce Male Gynecomastia?

Fit,Man,Jogging,On,The,Beach.,Mid,Adult,Fitness,Man Male gynecomastia is a medical condition characterized by excessive breast tissue, which can severely affect a man’s masculinity and self-confidence. This may leave you wondering what your treatment options are. While the right exercise regimen can improve your appearance, it cannot reduce the amount of glandular breast tissue you have. However, Ryan Frank, MD, does provide a solution for addressing your condition.

Keep reading to learn more about the potential treatment options for gynecomastia.

Causes of Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia is an excess accumulation of glandular tissue in the breast. Its most common cause is hormonal fluctuations during puberty, but it can also be a symptom of an underlying medical condition. Many drugs can exacerbate male gynecomastia, including alcohol, marijuana, and anabolic steroids. In addition, medications that treat anxiety and depression can also contribute to gynecomastia. This generally occurs because they’re altering the hormones in your body, leading to an imbalance.

There’s also pseudogynecomastia, which is a separate condition that can cause men to have oversized breasts. It’s caused by the accumulation of excess fatty tissue in the chest. However, gynecomastia and pseudogynecomastia can be present in the same person.


Exercise could be part of an overall treatment plan for gynecomastia, but it’s generally impossible to reduce the amount of glandular breast tissue through exercise alone. While the right exercise can develop the underlying chest muscles, even regular, vigorous workouts usually won’t create a significant improvement in gynecomastia. Male breast reduction surgery is typically needed to physically remove the excess glandular tissue from the breasts.

In the case of pseudogynecomastia, however, diet and exercise are more promising options. Like any fatty tissue, the excess fat in the chest that causes this condition can be improved through a fitness program. The combination of diet and aerobic activity like running or cycling can reduce the amount of fat throughout the body, including the chest.

How Dr. Frank Can Help

Dr. Frank specializes in male breast reduction surgery and has the years of experience needed to perform this procedure with care and precision. Contact us online or call our office at (403) 245-1228 to schedule your appointment today!

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