Dr. Brittani Breaux to lead clinic focused on female endocrine conditions
Expanding its focus on weight management and metabolic health, Woman’s Hospital welcomes endocrinologist Brittani Breaux, MD to the new Woman’s Hospital Endocrinology and Weight Management Clinic. Dr. Breaux will specialize in hormonal disorders of the endocrine system, which includes insulin resistance/diabetes, metabolic obesity, thyroid conditions, osteoporosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and menopause. The endocrine system regulates metabolism, growth and reproduction, among other functions.
“Hormonal imbalances can have a tremendous impact on a woman’s life, and many women may not recognize they have a health condition,” said Dr. Breaux. “Symptoms vary depending upon the condition, but can often include weight gain, infertility, body temperature changes, irregular periods, sleep or even unexplained moodiness. And, if left untreated, these conditions can have serious long-term effects on an individual’s overall health and wellbeing.”
Metabolic conditions are often referred to as the “silent epidemic,” as nearly 24 percent of adults older than 20 have metabolic syndrome and nearly 44 percent by the age of 50. Sometimes, aggressive lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise, aren’t enough on their own, and a doctor might suggest medication to help control blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
“There are several facets to obesity, and sometimes it’s not simply about calories in and calories out, the amount of exercise, or your portion size on the plate,” Dr. Breaux explained. “For some, there are underlying hormonal reasons why a patient is unable to shed pounds. Endocrinologists are able to diagnose and treat these underlying conditions to assist in the process.”
Dr. Breaux, who recently completed a fellowship in endocrinology from Ochsner in New Orleans, has been involved in clinical research studies on diabetes and other endocrine disorders. Board Certified in endocrinology and internal medicine, she received her bachelor’s degree in psychological sciences and pre-medicine from Loyola University New Orleans and her medical degree from LSU Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. She also completed her residency in internal medicine at LSU.
For more information on Dr. Breaux and how to become a patient of the Woman’s Endocrinology Clinic, call 225-924-8298 or visit womans.org/hormones.