I felt inadequate, less of a man, depressed, embarrassed and worried. “What if someone finds out I have this problem?” This was the thought constantly running through my head. My wife, because I couldn’t perform in the bedroom, thought I didn’t love her anymore or I was seeing someone else.
When I would get out of the shower, look in the mirror and see my man boobs and enlarging gut, I wanted to crawl in a hole and never come out! Suicide crossed my mind on several occasions. “Why is this happening to me?” I kept asking. My diet wasn’t bad and I continued to exercise and run despite my bouncing boobs! I knew it would be embarrassing to admit to a fellow physician that I had this problem, but I had to do something. I couldn’t continue to live with this condition, so I decided to seek help.
I visited three physicians in Ocala and two in Gainesville. Each office visit lasted less than three minutes, and the answer was always the same: “You’re just getting older!” There was no discussion of diet, exercise or hormone testing. I wasn’t about to settle for the diagnosis of aging. I decided to take things into my own hands and asked myself a simple question, “Why?” I knew hormones had to be playing a major role in my condition, so I began an extensive study of hormone synthesis and metabolism.