Leading science and healthcare innovation company Merck join forces with the Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Thyroid Association (PTA), Philippine Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism (PSEDM), and the Iodine Global Network (IGN), to raise consciousness against thyroid disorders. This collaboration is time for the International Thyroid Awareness Week (ITAW) 2017.
You and your thyroid
The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped endocrine gland located at the base of your neck. It produces thyroid hormones that regulate metabolism as well as keep the brain, heart, muscles and other organs in tip-top condition.
The thyroid gland is prone to a number of distinct problems, and in fact, thyroid diseases are some of the most common disorders worldwide. In the Philippines alone, one in every 11 adults suffers from goiter or other thyroid disorders.
Sadly, most women acquire thyroid problems than men. Research show that females are four to seven times more likely to have thyroid disorders than males. Mothers who recently gave birth and those who are in the menopausal stage are also the most vulnerable.
In most cases, thyroid problems are usually left undetected and misdiagnosed. It is because of the symptoms. Tiredness, anxiety, weight fluctuations, difficulty in sleeping are some of the telling signs of a thyroid problem. More often than not, though, individuals usually attribute these to merely having poor lifestyle choices. It is for this reason that ITAW pushes for this year’s theme “It’s Not You, It’s Your Thyroid”.
It’s Not You, It’s Your Thyroid
Since the primary role of the thyroid gland is to control the metabolism, disorders may occur when there’s little (hypothyroidism) or overproduction (hyperthyroidism) of thyroid hormones.
Hypothyroidism means too little thyroid hormone. Individuals with this condition gain weight despite not eating much, move and speak slowly, and often feel tired. They tend to have irregular menstrual periods and cannot tolerate cold. Sometimes, they even entertain depressed thoughts.
On the other hand, individuals with hyperthyroidism have hyperactive metabolism thus lose weight despite having a good appetite. They also have heart palpitations, irritable thoughts, and insomnia. They experience sweating and heat intolerance and can have tremors in their hands.
The diagnosis of thyroid disorders can easily be made by checking the levels of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) in the blood. The treatment brings the level of thyroid hormones back in balance, restoring normal metabolism to the body.
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Merck is the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company with headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany. Merck is a leading science and technology company that works to further develop technologies that improve and enhance life – from biopharmaceutical therapies to treat cancer or multiple sclerosis, cutting-edge systems for scientific research and production, to liquid crystals for smartphones and LCD televisions