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Posted by: Shelley | 2012/06/28

Male Gynecomastia

My husband is vegetarian and consumes a lot of soy products. Of late he''s been worried that it may lead to male Gynecomastia. We''ve been trying to sort fact from fiction but it''s very dodgy. What do you reckon? Thanks!

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Dear Shelley
Soy products do indeed contain so-called phyto-oestrogens that could potentially affect male sex hormones. However, it has been suggested that this effect is more serious and warrants more attention when an infant uses a soy-based feed. The small body size of infants and the relatively high concentration of phyto-oestrogens in the soy milks, may cause feminisation.
However in an adult man who probably eats a balanced vegetarian diet that also contains plenty of other foods, besides soy, and who has a relatively large body size, the feminising effects of soy intake are probably not a problem. If you hubby should notice gynaecomastia, then it is important to have this condition investigated by a medical doctor.
He should in the meanwhile eat as varied a vegetarian diet as possible.
Best regards
DietDoc

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Posted by: DietDoc | 2012/06/29

Dear Shelley
Soy products do indeed contain so-called phyto-oestrogens that could potentially affect male sex hormones. However, it has been suggested that this effect is more serious and warrants more attention when an infant uses a soy-based feed. The small body size of infants and the relatively high concentration of phyto-oestrogens in the soy milks, may cause feminisation.
However in an adult man who probably eats a balanced vegetarian diet that also contains plenty of other foods, besides soy, and who has a relatively large body size, the feminising effects of soy intake are probably not a problem. If you hubby should notice gynaecomastia, then it is important to have this condition investigated by a medical doctor.
He should in the meanwhile eat as varied a vegetarian diet as possible.
Best regards
DietDoc

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