The Manual - Six diagnoses for male tiredness

Tired-out? Exhausted? Used? Take note. This week, Dr Enam Abood of London's Harley Street Health Centre talks us through a few of the diagnoses for male tiredness.

Anaemia
Some men believe that cutting out red meat will improve their health and diet, but they are missing out on valuable iron. A lack of iron intake can cause anaemia and thus result in tiredness.

Glandular fever
Caused by the Epstein-Barr virus, many sufferers can have it without realising because it mimics the flu. The first symptoms can disappear after a few days, but tiredness can persist for months.

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Low thyroid activity
This is another hard-to-spot reason. An underactive thyroid gland can also cause weight gain and hair loss.

Allergies
An allergy to certain foods such as gluten (wheat, bread), dairy and sugars can also easily cause the dreaded fatigue.

Imbalance of gut bacteria
People who take antibiotics can cause good and bad bacteria to be killed in the gut. This can result in yeast overgrowth and bloating in that area, especially after drinking alcohol. This inevitably makes you feel listless.

Low testosterone
Especially in men over 45, the reduction in testosterone production can be a cause for ongoing tiredness.