Why men grow breasts and women grow beards

“Why do some women grow mustaches while some men grow breasts and start crying at movies?”

Common diet and lifestyle factors today trigger an enzyme that causes men to overproduce estrogen, a female hormone, and women to overproduce testosterone, a male hormone.

Overly starchy diets a culprit

The most common culprit is a diet high in sweets, soda, and starches (breads, pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, etc.)

This diet consistently raises blood sugar levels, which in turn requires the body to secrete high levels of insulin to lower blood sugar.

Insulin surges trigger the wrong hormones

Eventually these insulin surges exhaust the body’s cells and they refuse entry to insulin. This is called insulin resistance and it triggers enzymes in the body that overproduce hormones of the opposite sex.

As a result the body and brain of men and women take on characteristics of the opposite sex.

Do you feel sleepy after eating?

These hormonal trends can be reversed through nutritional therapy, exercise, and other factors. A handy tip: If you feel sleepy or crave sugar after a meal, you ate too many starchy foods. If you feel sleepy after a low-carb meal, you may need specific support for insulin resistance to address hormonal imbalances.

Symptoms of insulin resistance

  • Women: Hair thins, grow facial hair, voice deepens, may become more aggressive or indifferent
  • Men: Grow breasts and hips; become more emotional
  • Women develop polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Trouble falling asleep, insomnia
  • Fatigue and strong sugar cravings after meals
  • Constant hunger (leptin resistance)
  • Difficulty losing weight


Dr. Joni Labbe

About Dr. Joni Labbe

Dr. Joni Labbe is a board-certified clinical nutritionist specializing in science-based nutrition with a focus on women's health issues. She has successfully helped pre-menopausal and menopausal women regain and maintain their health since 1995. Dr. Labbe is the author of the Amazon #1 Best Selling book Thyroid & Menopause Madness and It’s Not Just Menopause: It’s Your Thyroid. She is also a professional speaker, radio personality, fitness expert, and former host of “Healthier Way With Dr. Labbe.” Dr. Labbe is one of the country’s leading authorities on thyroid disorders, including Hashimoto’s disease. Dr. Labbe has also authored numerous articles and blogs on health, nutrition, and thyroid health, as seen in Naturally Savvy, Thyroid Nation, and Fox News. She is a Board Certified Clinical Nutritionalist, Doctor of Chiropractic, and has post graduate training in Functional Neurology, Functional Endocrinology, Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis, and earned a Diplomate and Fellow in Nutrition from the American Association of Integrative Medicine.

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