Lesser Known Facts on Thyroid - Thyroweight

It was chilling winter evening and the family was ready for dinner time at a neighboring fine dine restaurant, that’s where a comment came in from a cousin in jest – “Reena, control before you blow up, you have crossed 70 kgs this year” and my young sister started crying. She had tried everything from diet to exercise but to no avail and just a week earlier; after a simple blood test, we get to know that she is suffering from Hypothyroidism.It was my participation at a bloggers meet last week – an event on thyroid awareness, that I got some interesting insights on Thyroid disorders and there started my journey to #RuleoutThyroweight from the list of disorders in my family and friends’lives.

Thyroid disorder is one of the most common endocrine disorders worldwide. There are two types of thyroid disorder

Hypothyroidism is common but under diagnosed disorder because of its non-specific clinical presentation. Thyroweight  is the most common symptom of thyroid disorder which is weight gain, Fatigue, tiredness and lethargy. All of these which were visible in my sisters case but took time to recognize these as thyroid symptoms. Untreated hypothyroidism may lead to serious cardiovascular and neurological complications. One must look for early diagnosis and treatment of the disorder.
Surprisingly, as per a recent report, every third Indian suffers from a Thyroid disorder and one in 10 suffer from hypothyroidism but few among them are aware about it. In-fact less than 25% of those suffering are diagnosed with Hypothyroidism.

So what is Hypothyroidism? To understand this, we need to know what Thyroid disorder is first. The thyroid is part of our endocrine system, which is made up of glands that produce and release hormones into the bloodstream so they can reach the body's cells. The thyroid gland uses iodine from the foods you eat to make two main hormones: Triiodothyronine (T3) Thyroxine (T4). The most common thyroid problems involve abnormal production of thyroid hormones. Too less thyroid hormone in the body results in a condition known as hypothyroidism
Symptoms of hypothyroidism often mimic other conditions and hence may go undiagnosed. They may include:
●Unexplained weight gain and tiredness - Thyroweight
●Dry hair and hair loss
●Greater sensitivity to cold
●Swelling of the thyroid gland (goiter)

Thyroweight – the ignored one
Among the symptoms mentioned above, the most important is unexplained weight issues and fatigue which goes unnoticed largely due to the mindset that it’s a normal phenomenon. In-fact a Small weight gain, lethargy, and other symptoms, are generally ignored at the patient’s front and does not even become an interaction topic between the doctor and the patient.
The symptoms are often attributed to various other causes:
➢ May be its hereditary. My parents don’t have it. So I may not get it
➢Hormonal changes in body as one has crossed ➢ “It’s probably just my lifestyle… I don’t do enough to keep my weight in check.”
➢ Just a few kilos would be for lifestyle changes

However, it’s imperative for the individual to address the ‘small’ weight gain for their own good.

The thyroid awareness event - #RuleOutThyroweight was very informative lead by  Dr. Shehla Shaikh who said "Health is wealth" - A healthy woman is the base of a healthy family. 
Gorgeous Diva Juhi Chawla was also present at the event to support the cause. She inspired us all with her insights and said, "Life can be as normal and superb with a small pill" - which any individual can very easily take to control Thyroid disorder. She proudly informed us all that even she had family members and friends – including her husband – who have overcome the disorder and are leading a very normal life with timely detection of thyroid disorder . It only took a simple but regular small pill intake. I must add here that Reena my younger sister  has fully overcome her disorder and is leading a happy married life.
However, as they say prevention is better than cure, get your thyroid tested regularly and #RuleOutThyroweight Says JuhiChawla.

For more details, visit   http://thyroidindia.com/thyroweight/ and with a little bit of precaution, stay healthy, wealthy and wise.
' 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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