Does a lack of testosterone make me tired? – Marcus
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.