Thyroid awareness is dear to us because it has far reaching implications on our collective health.
What is the thyroid?
The thyroid is a hormone-producing gland that regulates the body’s metabolism—the rate at which the body produces energy from nutrients and oxygen—and affects critical body functions, such as energy level and heart rate.
The thyroid also impacts your weight. Many women have tried unsuccessfully to loose weight - your thyroid may be the culprit.
Why should you be bothered about this?
It is estimated that one in 20 people worldwide has a thyroid problem with Up to 60 percent of those with thyroid disease unaware of their condition.
When your thyroid doesn’t work properly, it can impact your entire body. Too much thyroid hormone- hyperthyroidism or too little thyroid hormone- hypothyroidism. Both conditions are serious and need to be treated.
An unexplained change in weight is one of the most common signs of a thyroid disorder. Weight gain may signal low levels of thyroid hormones, a condition called hypothyroidism but you cannot know this by guessing.
Again- we re-iterate the importance of having annual wellness checks, this will help you detect and treat conditions before they go way out of hand.
Women are five to eight times more likely than men to have thyroid problems.
One woman in eight will develop a thyroid disorder during her lifetime.
Most thyroid cancers respond to treatment, although a small percentage can be very aggressive.
Undiagnosed thyroid disease may put patients at risk for certain serious conditions, such as cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis and infertility.
Pregnant women with undiagnosed or inadequately treated hypothyroidism have an increased risk of miscarriage, preterm delivery, and severe developmental problems in their children.
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