Dr. Friedman shares if women are more likely to have endocrine problems.
Yes, much more. Approximately four women to every man gets most common endocrine problems. So thyroid disease, for example, is much more common in women.
We are not sure why, is it something with the extra estradiol level or something on having two X chromosomes that predispose it to, but definitely thyroid diseases, a lot of pituitary diseases, Cushing’s disease is much more common in women.
The men that I see in my practice, almost all of them have a testosterone problem. They can have thyroid problems. They can have adrenal problems. They can have pituitary problems, yes.
But men usually present with testosterone problem. Women often present with menstrual problems who have an endocrine problem and they might go to their OB/GYN who may diagnose them or may not, and maybe it might take them a while possibly before they make their way to an endocrinologist.
About Dr. Theodore Friedman, M.D., Ph.D., M.Phil.:
Dr. Theodore Friedman, M.D., Ph.D., M.Phil., specializes in hard-to-diagnose-and- treat cases of adrenal, pituitary, thyroid, and fatigue disorders. He's been with the University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine since 2005 and serves as Chief of the Endocrinology, Metabolism and Molecular Medicine Division at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. He also served as Director of the Multi-Disciplinary Chronic Fatigue Clinic at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from 1998-2000.
Dr. Friedman has a private practice near Beverly Hills, California as well as privileges at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Martin Luther King Medical Center.