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Is medication to blame for gynecomastia?

Is medication to blame for gynecomastia?Is medication to blame for gynecomastia?Q: I am a male in my mid 40s. About three or four months ago my breasts began to actually hurt and enlarge. I didn't want to see a doctor but finally made an appointment because of the pain. He ordered a mammogram which was really embarrassing for me. I've always thought that test was just for women and not for men. Anyway, the X-ray was normal and I was told I had gynecomastia. Well, my breasts still hurt. I've since heard through a television ad that if men suffer from painful breasts and have ever taken Risperidone, there may be a connection. I was prescribed Risperidone for a short time several years ago but discontinued the medicine because I didn't like the way I felt when I was on it. I'm … [Read More...]

Monthly Awareness

On fresh foods and obesity

Interestingly, awareness subjects for the month of September focus on two subjects – “fruits and veggies” and “childhood obesity”. It certainly appears, at least to the writer, that the two subjects go hand-in-hand. Fruits and vegetables are known to provide countless health benefits and those individuals that eat a well-balanced diet can lower their risk for such conditions as obesity and a great deal more. Despite this, statistics prove that most of us fail to consume the recommended amounts every day. Obesity is a serious condition that affects individuals of all ages. It is known to occur in children who are above their normal weight for their age, build and height. The problem is that issues once confined to older individuals is now affecting children. Diabetes, … [Read More...]