Does a lack of testos­terone make me tired? – Mar­cus

Men's Health (Singapore) - - ASK -

Not if that’s your only com­plaint, says San­deep Singh Dhindsa, M.B.B.S., F.A.C.E., di­rec­tor of en­docrinol­ogy, Saint Louis Uni­ver­sity. Fa­tigue alone is usu­ally not re­lated to low testos­terone. Here’s what to watch for: de­creased sex­ual de­sire (even if your erec­tions are fine), mus­cle loss, and fat gain. If you check those boxes, then have a talk with your doc­tor to de­cide if your T needs check­ing. Two dif­fer­ent tests are re­quired to di­ag­nose a de­fi­ciency--and if you are in­deed di­ag­nosed with one, testos­terone treat­ment can re­verse the of­fend­ing symp­toms. If tired­ness is your only con­cern, take a hard look at your sleep habits and stress at work, both of which can play a role. To deal with stress, try tak­ing a deep breath every time you fin­ish an email. For bet­ter sleep, cut out your post-work night­caps and un­plug from tech­nol­ogy at least 30 min­utes be­fore bed­time.

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