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Does Donald Trump Have Moobs?

Manhattan gynecomastia

Everyone seems to be talking about Donald Trump nowadays; we thought perhaps we should join in! From his political views to his career to his family, no topic seems off limit during this presidential campaign. So, why not discuss his physique too?

Seriously, we had give no thought to whether “The Donald” has man boobs until the Toronto Sun published an article a few days ago on this very subject. To the author, the notion that the Republican candidate has a case of gynecomastia makes sense because of behaviors including dancing around his medical records.

To us, though, it is possible for other leading reasons:

Hormone fluctuations are behind a great many cases of gynecomastia. Excess estrogen from the mother can cause male babies to sport a case of swollen breasts temporarily, and many guys develop moobs during adolescence as estrogen and testosterone levels swing widely for a time. Similarly, since testosterone levels change for some men as they age, a guy can develop enlarged breasts during his “golden years.”

Mr. Trump is 70. He would not be the first patient in his 70’s we have treated for gynecomastia.

  • Extra weight can trigger breast development.

Shortly after Donald Trump’s appearance on the Dr. Oz Show discussing his medical history, several news outlets including The New York Times reported the candidate’s weight to be 236 pounds (though there is widespread speculation that he actually weighs more than that). At 6’3”, 236 pounds puts Mr. Trump in the “overweight” category—just a few more pounds would tip him into “obese.”

An overweight guy tends to carry excess pounds in various places on his torso: love handles, belly and chest being the prime locations. Fat deposits develop their own little environments that often include increased estrogen. Therefore, fat can spark development of additional breast gland tissue. Thus, overweight guys can experience a double whammy of moobs consisting of extra fat and breast gland.

There are several other causes of gynecomastia that could be at play here. These include:

  • Prescription drugs used to treat balding, such as Propecia (finasteride)
  • Testosterone treatment, sometimes pursued by men who believe “low T” is behind a loss of energy, sex drive and even depression (oddly, excess testosterone can be converted by the body into estrogen, which can cause a case of moobs)
  • Anabolic steroids, often in use by body builders and others looking to increase muscle mass

Unless an intrepid photographer catches the candidate with his shirt off, we have no way to know whether he has a case of gynecomastia or not. And even if we had visual evidence, it would be sheer speculation to discuss what’s behind the moobs.

Mr. Trump and his wife live just several blocks away from our Park Avenue plastic surgery practice in Manhattan, and gynecomastia surgery is one of our specialties. If man boobs are an issue for the candidate, we hope he would consult us about treatment. With thirty years of expertise in male breast reduction, we could assure Mr. Trump that he would be in very good hands.

The men and teens who walk through our door for gynecomastia consultations usually aren’t running for president. They typically aren’t politicians, performers or public figures in any other way (though we have worked with some). If you’re an average guy who’s just tired of covering up your case of moobs, reach out to us. We’ll be here for you!

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