Jeremy Piven commented briefly in an interview with STV that he quit drinking so much soy milk because he thought it might cause him to grow breasts. People in the media seem to think that this is funny, but probably don’t know that 1) it is possible that he’s right about soy milk and 2) this is a major source of anxiety for many men out there.
The purpose of this post isn’t to laugh at Piven, but point readers to one article in an academic journal that may just validate his concern about soy milk.
This article in the May-June 2008 issue of Endocrine Practice documented an “unusual case of gynecomastia related to the consumption of soy products.” According to the authors, a 60 year old male came in with 6 months duration of bilateral gynecomastia (male breasts) and no underlying conditions. Because physical evaluations didn’t reveal a cause, they interviewed the man more thoroughly.
The patient “described a daily intake of 3 quarts of soy milk. After he discontinued drinking soy milk, his breast tenderness resolved.”
Gynecomastia is a hormonal and physical problem that may be caused by several different lifestyle factors. Men who experience the condition should see a doctor to help resolve the underlying causes when possible. If breast tissue persists after the cause is resolved, male breast reduction surgery is an option to consider.