Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Should I Take Testosterone to Boost My Energy?

Friday, 12 Jul 2013 06:12 PM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

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Question: I am in my 60s and am tired all the time. My wife thinks I have low testosterone. Should I go for a test?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
 
Fatigue is a catch-all symptom for numerous problems, both physical and emotional. When I evaluate patients for fatigue, a low testosterone level is very far down the probability list.
 
In other words, you should see your physician for a proper evaluation for your fatigue, to be sure it’s not caused by an underlying disorder, such as heart disease, endocrine problems such as diabetes or hypothyroidism, infection, inflammatory or cancer.
 
If potency issues are present, mention this also, but do not hang your hat on low testosterone as the cause of your fatigue, even if you have a low level of the hormone. Most patients with low testosterone do not have fatigue as their main complaint, so in a way your wife is right: It is time for a checkup for you. See your primary care or family physician for guidance.

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Dr. Hibberd's advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital work in emergency medicine and surgery.
 
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