Dr. Ladenson gives insight into why women are diagnosed with autoimmune thyroid disease more often than men.
The question of why women more commonly have autoimmune thyroid disease and other autoimmune diseases as well, more commonly than men, is a $64,000 question that hasn’t been answered. Research hasn’t really identified any genetic component in women that is responsible for this difference. It’s an intriguing question, a very important one, that as I said, is relevant not only to thyroid disease, but to many other autoimmune disorders with equally serious consequences.
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Dr. Ladenson is Director of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, where he is the John Eager Howard Professor of Endocrinology and Professor of Medicine, Pathology, Oncology, and International Health. Dr. Ladenson was raised in Missouri and educated at Dartmouth College, Oxford University, and Harvard Medical School before training in Internal Medicine and in endocrinology and metabolism at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He is also the past-president for the American Thyroid Association. Dr. Ladenson’s research interests include the effects of thyroid hormone on the cardiovascular system, applications of thyroid hormone analogs, novel approaches to thyroid cancer diagnosis and management, and health economic analyses related to thyroid patient care.
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