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.
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Can I Take Testosterone and Statins?

By    |   Wednesday, 16 October 2013 10:13 AM

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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