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Dr. Theodore Friedman Explains If A Woman Should Have Her Thyroid Checked Every Year

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Dr. Friedman should a woman have her thyroid checked every year?


The thyroid gland secretes thyroxine (T4) and tri-
iodothyronine (T3), both of which modulate energy
utilization and heat production and facilitate growth.
The gland consists of two lateral lobes joined by an
isthmus. The weight of the adult gland is 10 to 20g.
Microscopically, the thyroid is composed of several fol-
licles containing colloid surrounded by a single layer of
thyroid epithelium. The follicular cells synthesize thy-
roglobulin, which is then stored as colloid. Biosynthesis
of T4and T3occurs by iodination of tyrosine molecules
in thyroglobulin.


Theodore C. Friedman, M.D., Ph.D. has opened a private practice, specializing in treating patients with adrenal, pituitary, thyroid and fatigue disorders. Dr. Friedman has privileges at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Martin Luther King Medical Center. His practice includes detecting and treating hormone imbalances, including hormone replacement therapy. Dr. Friedman is also an expert in diagnosing and treating pituitary disorders, including Cushings disease and syndrome.
Dr. Friedman's career reflects his ongoing quest to better understand and treat endocrine problems. With both medical and research doctoral degrees, he has conducted studies and cared for patients at some of the country's most prestigious institutions, including the University of Michigan, the National Institutes of Health, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and UCLA's Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science.

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