Dr. Ladenson shares his three best tips for women to advocate for their thyroid health.
I think the three things that a woman who is concerned about thyroid disease can do are, number one, to be aware of the symptoms of an overactive or underactive thyroid gland, to make sure especially during pregnancy that there is a sufficient amount of iodine in her diet, the building block for thyroid hormone that we all need to maintain normal thyroid function.
And three, to have good communication with her physician about her symptoms and the potential need for thyroid blood testing that could easily recognize a thyroid condition that might be readily treated.
About Dr. Ladenson:
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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