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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Should I Try Testosterone?

Monday, 04 June 2012 04:32 PM

Question: I have several (male) friends who recently started taking testosterone shots. They claim it has made them feel younger and they have more energy. I’m 72 and I am tempted to try testosterone. Is there any risk?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Testosterone injection will increase muscle mass, increase sex drive, and improve bone density. However, it is not without risks. Testosterone stimulates the growth of the prostate. Individuals with prostate cancer should not undergo testosterone replacement therapy, as it may stimulate the growth of cancerous prostate cells. A prostate screening is recommended before starting testosterone therapy.
According to the National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse, an enlarged prostate may put pressure on the bladder, causing changes in urination. In more severe cases, an enlarged prostate leads to urinary tract infections, bladder or kidney disease and bladder stones. Testosterone injections can also cause an overproduction of red blood cells, also known as polycythemia vera, leading to increased blood mass, resulting in a variety of symptoms, such as shortness of breath, dizziness, headache, facial flushing, and fatigue. More importantly, it increases the risk of blood clots, which may lead to heart disease, stroke, and heart attack.

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