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Should I Take Testosterone Supplements?

By    |   Thursday, 22 May 2014 04:31 PM

Question: My doctor says I have low testosterone and suggests I take an injection. I'm 60 years old, and have been feeling tired a lot and not quite myself, if you know what I mean? But my wife said testosterone can increase my prostate cancer risk and cause heart problems. What should I do? 

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
The idea that fatigue is always related to "low-T" levels is common, but false. Low testosterone levels can cause slight fatigue, but by far the majority of men do not need supplemental testosterone to boost their energy levels. Also, "Low-T" is not as common as you might think.
Testosterone supplementation does not give you a longer life, and some studies have shown it may increase your risk of heart disease. Testosterone does not cause prostate cancer, but prostate cancer will grow faster when fed testosterone. That said, it is beneficial for some men, studies show.
You will need to base your decision on the personal risks and benefits it carries for you. Your doctor can help you make that decision. Also, it is no longer is necessary to supplement testosterone by injection since topical applications are just as effective and are associated with lower sustained testosterone levels.

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