Woman…. what importance does a Woman play in a family!
A woman is the backbone of a family, an anchor of support. She keeps everything on check, takes care of the every member, everything of the family but does she care enough about herself?
This question forced me to think…. think how important it is also to take care of the support system that takes care of the family. Because if that collapses, the entire system shatters.
It is vital to take care of mental and physical health both for the smooth run. Often woman puts behind their needs in the back burner.
If slightly over-weight than normally they weigh then they blame it to their unhealthy lifestyle, if experiences hair fall… blames it to the changing weather, PMS, menopause, post-partum , everything but get it checked if there can be any medical condition associated to imbalanced thyroid glands functioning. And this ignorance can lead to further complications.
For the enlightenment of the same I happened to attend a meet up where we were made aware about the Thyroid disorder more precisely about Thyroweight and factors that can help #ruleoutThyroweight
According to an epidemiology study done across 8 cities in India:
● 1 in 10 Indians suffer from thyroid disorders additionally, 8 % may have subclinical hypothyroidism also commonly known as borderline thyroid disorder.
● 8 out of 10 Women are more prone to thyroid disorders
● People aged 35 Years and above are at a higher risk of thyroid disorders
● It is also observed that disorders run in families
Let me quickly run through some basics:
The thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped organ located on the front side of our neck, along the windpipe.
Function of the thyroid gland is to make two thyroid hormones:
Tetra-iodothyronine( T4) – Major Hormone
Tri-iodothyronine ( T3)
These hormones have an effect on nearly all the tissues of the body.
A dysfunctional thyroid gland may lead to abnormal thyroid hormone production which causes:
▶️Hypothyroidism i.e. insufficient thyroid hormone production. It is the most common.
▶️Hyperthyroidism – excess thyroid hormone production. It is less common.
Now the question is when should you be pushing yourself to take a test to check your thyroid levels.
Listing down some common signs and symptoms that can help you attend the alarm.
The most common symptom to seek medical attention is Thyroweight- when you experience weight gain along with tiredness, lethargy and fatigue. Other symptoms include:
Hypothyroidism:Change in Voice
● Swelling on face or legs
● Hair loss
Hyperthyroidism: ● Unexplained weight loss
● Trouble with sleeping
● Feeling warm
Consult your Doctor if you experience any of the symptoms. The Doctor will suggest to get done the TSH (thyroid function test) which is the most common test to detect thyroid hormone level.
Return to your Doctor with the reports. If diagnosed, medications will be prescribed. Taking medication as directed by the Doctor is vital for the cure. Do not skip the medicine, also do not change the dose or brand of the thyroid medication without consulting the doctor. Also if any symptoms stated above persist or return, consult with your doctor.
Complete clarity helps to take care of the condition hence never hesitate to ask questions about thyroid disorder to the doctor.
Untreated hypothyroidism may lead to serious cardiovascular and neurological
Complications. Also, it may affect liver, Brain, intestines, heart, reproductive system and kidneys. Hence it is advisable to get it treated, the more you and your doctor work as a team, the healthier you will be. Along with regular medication, it is also advisable to lead a healthy lifestyle which comprises of wholesome balanced diet and regular exercise.
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Early diagnosis and treatment remain the cornerstone of management.
Even though the prevalence of thyroid disorder is 11% of the population in India, 76% of the
people remain unaware & hence undiagnosed.
I was also fortunate to be a part of the thyroid awareness campaign where famous endocrinologist, Dr. Shehla Shaikh threw light on much believed myths and the facts about thyroid disorder.
Like once you get thyroid dysfunction, it is forever however the fact is that hypothyroidism cannot be cured but it can be treated and in most cases it is completely controlled.
Celebrated actress JuhiChawla also graced the event and shared her story too. She shared how her husband and father-in-law, who also suffers from Thyroid disorder leads a normal healthy life by taking their pills regularly and with regular exercise and healthy diet. She emphasized on a fact that one can lead a life that is as fulfilling as any other. Since we women form the base of our family, let us help ourselves to be as healthy and strong. Let us be the best example for our family that health is truly wealth. Don’t you preach that to your loved ones all the time? So now it’s the time to practice what you preach. Why keep yourself deprived of Love and Care.
You deserve all the attention, care and love that you shower your family with.
Let us all pledge to make our health our priorities.
As a Social Influencer, I would urge to not neglect any kind of weight gain without getting it examined, it may require attention. This can be a concrete step towards #ruleoutThyroweight.
For more information on thyroid disorders:
Visit www.thyroidindia/thyroweight.com Or
Call the toll free number: 1800 121 2022
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.’