Dr. Ladenson shares if there is anything women can to do prevent a thyroid condition.
Aside from picking a new set of parents, there isn’t very much that a person can do in terms of their lifestyle to prevent autoimmune thyroid disease. Eating differently, exercising more or less, getting enough rest or staying calm, none of those things have really been shown to prevent the onset of a thyroid condition, or for that matter, to curing the thyroid condition that has occurred.
A woman who does have a genetic predisposition ought to recognize what the symptoms of thyroid overactivity and underactivity are so that she can promptly seek medical advice to be diagnosed and treated or perhaps, with normal blood tests, reassured she doesn’t have a thyroid condition at all.
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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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