Can I Take Testosterone and Statins?

Wednesday, 16 Oct 2013 10:13 AM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

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Question: I take Crestor for high cholesterol and would like to start taking testosterone to increase my energy. Would the testosterone affect the action of the statin?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:

Probably. Testosterone does negatively affect protective HDL ("good") cholesterol. Our blood fat levels are affected by our testosterone/estrogen ratios (yes, men have estrogen, just as women have testosterone).
 
So unless your testosterone levels are at rock bottom, or you have sexual difficulties, you might think twice about starting on testosterone just to boost your energy. Because you have high cholesterol, you are at higher-than-normal risk for stroke, cardiovascular, and peripheral vascular disease, so why add to this risk?
 
You need to discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Prostate disorders are accelerated by testosterone. And most males with low testosterone levels live full and comfortable lives. Likewise, fatigue may not be solved by testosterone supplementation alone.
 

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