Women's Health: Rule Out Thyroweight

Rule Out Thyroweight

1 in 10 Indians suffer from Thyroid disorders and 8 out of these 10 patients are women which means women are more prone to Thyroid Disorders.
I had a chance to attend an event #ruleoutthyroweight on thyroid awareness. The event was an informative one and I signed up to bring a change. Here are the few key things that I was made aware of after the interactive session
We all have Thyroid Glands.
These thyroid glands secrete hormones, an imbalance in which leads to Thyroid Disorder

image credit: womenshealth.gov

There are two types of Thyroid disorders namely-
Hyperthyroidism - This is an uncommon disorder, where the Thyroid glands produce excess thyroid hormones.
Hypothyroidism - This is a more common disorder, where the Thyroid glands produce insufficient thyroid hormones. (A highly common disorder in comparison to Hyperthyroidism)

These Thyroid hormones have an effect on our metabolic rate-which controls how fast or slow your brain, heart, muscles, liver or other parts of your body work.

These hormones also influence one’s growth, development, and reproduction.

A weight gain big or small accompanied with fatigue should always be considered as a red signal for your health. This could be Thyroweight. We, women, have mastered the art of taking our health so casually that we only listen to our body when its one the edge of giving up. Its now time to take charge and talk about Thyroweight

Common symptoms of Hypothyroidism-
     Unexplained Weight Gain
     Change in Voice
     Hair loss
     Swelling of face/legs

How can I know if I have Thyroid Disorder?
If you have more than one of the above symptoms mentioned and you want to check if you have a Thyroid disorder then a simple Thyroid Function Test (TSH) can help detect a thyroid disorder.

What could be the causes of Thyroid disorders?
     The thyroid is an autoimmune disorder which means a defective thyroid gland can cause the disorder
     One can also be born with a defective thyroid gland, which makes it a Congenital disorder
     Removal /surgery of Thyroid Gland

Some Important take away Gyaan from Dr. Shehla Shaikh -
     On being a Woman - We all women need to remember that we are the core of the family. In this fast-paced life, health takes a back seat over. We women put our groceries first on the list above our health. It's time we stop putting us in the bottom of the priority list and start self-care as a consistent practice.
     On Walking - Walking is the best form of exercise. You don't need to learn how to walk as compared to other forms of fitness. One should start walking daily at least for 45 mins.
     On Healthy Eating - Whom will you prefer paying your money to? A Farmer or a Physician. The choice is yours. It's not what you do every month or year that determines your health, it's about what you do every hour and every day to reach your goal.

When Juhi shared her personal story -
The mesmerizing Juhi Chawla shared with us her very personal
a story of how her husband, Father in law and hair stylist suffered
from a Thyroid disorder and why she supports this cause. With the
help of a small pill every day, how her husband was able to get back
to normal life.

We were all amazed to know how Juhi’s husband Jay Mehta, in spite
of being a Thyroid Patient, successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. It
is so amazing to know how a little pill can help you be more of
yourself than what your medical condition forces you to be.

My Real Life Hero
The one person whom I consider our hero is our house help. She is the powerhouse of energy and passes on her energy in so many houses every single day. Despite having Hypothyroidism for 8 years she has managed to control her weight and kept a good check on her thyroid. She rarely takes leaves and has overcome depression after fighting with it for more than 4 years.
She truly is our inspiration.

My Message for you…
If you or any of your closed ones have any of the symptoms, please consult a doctor. Fix an appointment for yourself or your loved ones asap. Choose for an early diagnosis of #ruleoutThyroweight

That’s all for now. Do let me know if you liked this post in the comments below!

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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