Women are the core of the society .They form the support system of their family. However they often ignore their well-being. Do you know that 1 out of 10 of every Indian Adult suffers from thyroid disorder! Only reason being the common symptoms like Thyroweight, hair fall, constipation goes unnoticed for easily getting attributed to stress or lifestyle changes.
It is shocking to see that women are more likely to have thyroid disorders (8 out of 10). January being the thyroid awareness month let us look into it more closely.
What is thyroid disorder?
A dysfunctional thyroid gland leads to irregular thyroid hormone production causing –
Hypothyroidism- Less secretion of Thyroid Hormone
Hyperthyroidism- Excess secretion of Thyroid Hormone
Thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped organ situated on the front part of your neck. The main function of the thyroid gland is to make two essential hormones T3 and T4.
The most common symptom is Thyroweight- weight gain, fatigue and tiredness. Other symptoms include:
Muscle cramps, Voice Change , Memory Loss, Sensitivity to cold ,Sleeping disability ,Hair Loss, Swelling on face and legs, Dry, rough, pale skin ,Constipation , Dry hair , Menstrual cycle change and Irritability
Being the backbone of family and forming the core of the society, a woman must not overlook these symptoms.For more information please visit http://thyroidindia.com/thyroweight/
Once you are detected with any thyroid disorder, you must take your medicines regularly and get your thyroid checked every 6 -8 weeks. Once the thyroid levels in normal range, get it checked in every 6 months
To keep your thyroid in check you can include a thyroid analysis during your routine blood check-up. Thyroid disorders are commonly experienced in people of 35+ age but you can even get them after 18 years of age. It is highly advised to keep a check on thyroid because it can affect both the heart and bones in an adverse way.
An Interactive and Insightful Session
I also had the great opportunity to interact with a leading endocrinologist Dr. Shehla Shaikh about thyroid awareness in the form of a bloggers meet. We asked all our queries and doubts related to thyroid and got valuable answers for our questions. Some of the insights from the event:
Question-Do specific vegetables have impact on thyroid disorders?
Cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower, cabbage broccoli must be avoided.
Question-How can one regain self-confidence post thyroid disorder, face and body weight gain?
Be happy with yourself; love the person you see in the mirror. Compliment yourself often. But if you are unhappy with your neck swollen/change in features, then surgical corrections are recommended.
Question-Can we stop taking medicines after thyroid is under control?
Never stop medication on your own. Always consult your doctor. They are just a phone call away. Discuss your dosage and medicine with your doctor; keep monitoring your thyroid hormone levels with a blood test once every 6 months, upon consulting with the doctor
Question-Are Pregnant women advised to get a thyroid check-up done?
Get a TSH done as soon as you are pregnant or planning for one. It is seen that 14% of pregnant women may have hypothyroidism. Get a test done every trimester. Untreated or ill-treated hypothyroidism can prove fatal to the baby resulting in stillbirth, low IQ, premature birth etc.
Juhi Chawla’s Thyroid Experiences
We were fortunate enough to witness the ambassador for thyroid awareness, Actress Juhi Chawla at the event .She openly spoke about her experience with thyroid .Juhi shared her story as to how her Husband suffering from thyroid disorder scaled Mount Kilimanjaro!This was due to his regular medication of a small pill daily. She also told us about how her hair dresser suffering from thyroid disorder recovered from it by timely treatment and medication. She emphasized on how a woman’s health is of utmost important .If she is healthy, the society will stay healthy.
I had the opportunity to converse with two Thyroid patients who shared their well-being mantra with us. One of them was a beautiful stand-up comedian. She shared with us how important is ones self confidence dealing with thyroid disorder with instances of humour .The other lady taught us the importance of smiling and how a dainty smile kept her going through her thyroid disorder journey.
The whole event was an enriching experience in itself. I got to learn a lot about thyroid myths and facts.If you have any suggestions or queries related to thyroid disorders leave them in the comments below and I shall get them answered by experts.
Disclaimer: I attended a discussion on thyroid awareness facilitated by Abbott India Limited. Any opinion expressed in this blog is my personal opinion and not the opinion of Abbott India Limited. Abbott India Limited does not assume any liability for the content of the blog. The blog post is not meant to be a replacement for a doctor consultation, nor is it a medical recommendation or prescription of treatment for people having thyroid problems. Any reader of this blog suffering from thyroid problems should specifically consult his/her doctor for the same and follow the suggested course of treatment.’
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