The Significance Of Thyroid Disorder Awareness
Goiter is one of the forms of thyroid disorders that people are exposed to. With so many factors to consider, it sure is important to know the reason how a person can get this.
Thyroid disorder is very common to many, yet awareness of this disease is very low. The symptoms of thyroid disorders are often mistaken for other diseases, or worse, are ignored by patients with disease. Since it affects many people across the world, as to why Merck Inc. decided to create awareness about this disease.
A study shows that according to the Philippine Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism in 2012, one in every 11 Filipino adults has goiter (bosyo, and around one in 12 adults suffer from some form of thyroid disorders. That’s how common this thyroid disorder to Filipinos.
To raise awareness of this disease, Merck Inc. held a bloggers’ event at the Radisson Blu Hotel to talk more about thyroid disorder. The event was hosted by Dr. Chrysanthus Herrera of Medical Science and Government Affairs Manager of Merck along with the guest speaker, Dr. April Medoy Abcede of Philippine Society and Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism.
It is tackled as well in the event the types of disorders thyroid has, its implications toward the body of the patient, and so as its way of treatment.
Dr. Abcede shared to us that it is important to have enough supply of T3 and T4, thyroid hormones, in our body. These hormones shouldn’t go down or up because if so, it indicates a problem with your thyroid gland. Of all the disorders thyroid is linked to, hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism are the ones Dr. Abcede discussed to us first.
Thyroid Gland is a small, butterfly-shaped organ found at the lower middle part of the neck. It is sometimes referred to as the “master controller” of metabolism, and is important to health and well-being. The thyroid creates, stores, and releases thyroid hormones into the blood.
Those who have a family history are more exposed to having thyroid disorders. However, there are people who don’t have any background of thyroid disorders can also get any of the diseases thyroid is linked to. This affects mostly women.
Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism
Hypothyroidism — means patients with too little thyroid hormone in their body. Those who are having this disease tend to have slower metabolism. They gain weight despite not eating much, move, and speak slowly, feel tired and have depresses thoughts, cannot tolerate cold, and have irregular menstrual periods.
Most cases of hypothyroidism are lack of iodine in the body. Those who are diagnosed with it are typically advised to eat foods rich in iodine. But of course, this option doesn’t guarantee of leveling up the thyroid hormone your body needs. Iodine replacement may be needed if you have severe hypothyroidism. To be able to know if you do have and what proper way of treatment you need, screening is definitely needed. Seeing your physician will do the evaluation. The screening will check the levels of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) and thyroid hormone levels in the blood (T3 and T4). Your TSH levels will be high and T3 and T4 will be low in hypothyroidism.
Hyperthyroidism — means patients with too much thyroid hormone will have hyperactive metabolism which is a total opposite to the symptoms of having hypothyroidism. Those who have this disease will experience lose weight despite having good appetite, have heart palpitations most of the time, irritable thoughts and insomnia, have sweating and heat intolerance, and can have tremors in their hands.
Treatment of hyperthyroidism varies from person to person. There are many factors to consider before a certain treatment is given. With that, evaluation is definitely needed should you are experiencing any thyroid disorder symptoms.
To check if you are hyperthyroidism positive, blood test is also done. You will have low TSH and high T3 and T4 if you are hyperthyroid.
Pregnant women are not safe from thyroid disorder. In fact, some get to have it during pregnancy as to why, it is essential to really see a physician. If there are signs and symptoms showing, your doctor should evaluate your condition so that the mother and baby can prevent serious illness out of the result of having thyroid disorder.
Goiter can be one of the signs of having thyroid problem. Whenever it appears, you know that there is something in your body as to why, seeing a physician is really recommended. On the other hand, goiter maybe common but not everyone who gets to have thyroid disorder tends to show goiter on their neck. Some patients don’t show any physical signs and symptoms yet still positive of having them.
Other physical signs of thyroid problem are appearance of thyroid nodule and thyroid cancer. Thyroid nodule occurs when there are abnormal growths of thyroid tissue. There may be a single nodule, or multiple nodules. These can produce thyroid hormone (toxic nodules). Sometimes, these growths may be malignant (thyroid cancer). While thyroid cancer is rare compared to other cancers, but is considered very treatable and usually has high survival rates.
It isn’t that easy to detect the signs and symptoms. However, if you have a family history of thyroid disorder or feeling any of the symptoms, it is best to see your physician to at least avoid serious complications.
More information can be found online at www.thyroid.ph. This is an online repository of information where people can learn more about thyroid disorders. It also contains useful guides which can help people check themselves for symptoms of thyroid disorders.
There are a lot of people who may have thyroid disorders but aren’t even aware until it is too late. It is important to have one’s thyroid checked as early as possible, especially if there is family history of the disease or during pregnancy. Prevention, proper information, and early detection will always be better than cure that comes too late. So if you know someone who are experiencing thyroid disorder, let them know its serious implication not just in their life but also the lives of their loved ones.