The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App 
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
Ask the Experts About

Fatigue and AnemiaFatigue and Anemia
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

free test/versus total testosterone
Jun 5, 2001

My testosterone level is 800, But my old Dr. used to look at free testosterone which for me was always low normal. My question is:If your total testosterone is normal but your free test. is low and you are extremely fatigued/should you supplement?

Response from Dr. Frascino


Another testosterone question! Must be a full moon out there tonight. Most physicians measure just "total" testosterone, which includes both the free and bound fractions. 800 is usually considered normal in most laboratories. The free testosterone is the fraction, which indeed is binding to our receptors and stimulating our male characteristics. Normal ranges for "free" testosterone can be a bit tricky to interpret. You might need the help of an endocrinologist to really sort this out and determine if additional supplements would be helpful. In the interim, you should be evaluated for other causes of fatigue: inadequate rest, diet, exercise; anxiety/depression; medication side effects; opportunistic infections; anemia; etc.

Good luck.

sick and tired of being tired

  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary



This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint