We are always trying to strike a right balance in life. However with increasing demands of work, home and family, one thing that we tend to neglect the most is our health, especially women.
Thyroid disorder is a very common disorder and more women are found to be suffering from this hormonal imbalance than men worldwide. If the studies are to be believed, 1 in 10 Indian adults suffer from Thyroid disorders.
It was a great pleasure to be a part of an event to generate awareness among people about this commonly known disorder and bust several myths around it.
The cause has been supported by a Bollywood Celebrity herself, the gorgeous Juhi Chawla. She shared a great insight on Thyroid disorder as she has seen the repercussions very closely, with her husband being one of the Thyroid patients. Dr.Shehla Shaikh gave us detailed information about the disorder, it’s causes, symptoms, treatment and medication. It was commendable to see her answer all our questions patiently and clearing minutest doubts pertaining to the disorder.
It’s important to understand, Thyroid gland plays a vital role in producing Thyroid hormones that essentially effects our metabolic rate. This gland when disrupts the hormone secretion, leads to
Hypothyroidism- Less secretion of the hormones
Hyperthyroidism- Excess secretion of the hormones
Hypothyroidism is more common than the latter one and more commonly gets ignored for its generic symptom – THYROWEIGHT .
Weight gain and tiredness together combines Thyroweight. It’s important not to confuse Thyroweight with common weight gain problems and medical attention must be seeked to when a symptom shows up. An early detection of Thyroid disorder can #ruleoutThyroweight . It’s also advisable to monitor the Thyroid level and keep a regular check as it might affect our mood, energy levels and overall health.
Dr.Shaikh very rightly said, that we tend to ignore the signals our body gives us and find some or the other excuses to neglect the weight gain. Recognising the initial signs and regulating the weight gain can go a long way in treating the most common health concerns women face today. Let’s not ignore the fact that neglecting the same can also lead to serious cardiovascular and neurological complications if left untreated.
The constant feeling of lethargy, fatigue, tiredness, and small weight gain are some of the visible symptoms of Thyroid disorder. The sooner we detect them, the easier life gets.
Although anyone can develop Thyroid disorder, you are more prone if you are –
▪ A women older than 35 yrs.
▪ Have an autoimmune disease e.g. Diabetes.
▪ Have a history of Thyroid disorder in the family.
▪ Have been treated with radioactive iodine or anti- Thyroid medication.
▪ Have had Thyroid surgery.
Symptoms such as thyroweight (weight gain and toredness), change in voice, swelling on face/legs, hair loss, and constipation need to be attended to immediately with a test.
A common test referred to as TSH (Thyroid Function Test) can help you clear your doubts of the disorder if at all you notice the above signs. For more information pls visit here
Hypothyroidism and Pregnancy
Studies indicate that pregnancy related hormones lead to a decrease in Thyroid hormone levels. Dr.Shaikh suggested that a Thyroid test must be done soon at the time of conception without any delay to avoid any complications to the foetus and the baby.
Though it’s a very common disorder, it comes with a stigma attached to it and there are many myths surrounding this disorder that can have a bad influence on the person suffering with it. I am glad for an interactive session with the Doctor and Juhi Chawla brought about the facts and busted several myths that are doing rounds about the disorder and especially related to Thyroweight.
It’s a complete myth that Thyroid patients with obesity cannot lose weight. Adopting a healthy lifestyle, exercising, regular walking, monitoring the timely dose of medicine can bring thyroweight under control.
Another myth that can be traumatic for the patient is “Once you get Thyroid dysfunction, it is forever.” Dr.Shehla brought out the fact that Hypothyroidism cannot be cured but it can be treated and can be completely controlled in most people. Starting your day with a pill can keep you on your feet for the rest of the day and you can live your life to the fullest.
Checklist of Do’s and Don’t
✔Do consult your doctor if any of the above symptoms are experienced.
✔Do take proper medication as suggested by the doctor.
✔Do adopt a healthy lifestyle to keep the weight in check.
✔Do not skip your medicine.
✔Do not make any changes in dosage or medicine without doctor’s consent.
✔ Do not forget the old saying “Health is wealth” and stay positive at all times.
You can count your blessings if you aren’t the one suffering from this disorder. It can take a toll on the sufferer’s physical and emotional well-being. However a support of near and dear ones along with the above guidelines can help one cope up with this hormonal imbalance and lead to a good life.
“ThyroweightkoJaldipehchanoaur life khulkeJiyo”
‘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.’