Unmasking Your Thyroid: Know The Disorder

Thyroid gland is just one of the organs that play an important role in our body. It secretes thyroid hormones (T3 and T4) our body needs. However, the level of thyroid hormones should be kept balance. It is important that your thyroid gland produces enough level of thyroid hormones to keep a healthy thyroid gland. Its level should not lower down nor go up as this showcases a sign of disorder in your thyroid.

Unmasking Your Thyroid: Know The Disorder

A study shows that one in every 11 Filipino adults has goiter, and around one in 12 adults suffer from some form of thyroid disorders as per Philippine Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism in 2012. Little did we know that millions of Filipinos are affected by problems with their thyroid particularly women yet, awareness of this disease is very low. The symptoms of thyroid disorders are often mistaken for other diseases, or worse, are ignored by patients with disease.

Unmasking Your Thyroid: Know The Disorder

To raise awareness of this disorder, Merck Inc. held a bloggers’ event at the Radisson Blu Hotel to talk about on what the thyroid is as well as the symptoms of thyroid diseases. This event was hosted by Dr. Chrysanthus Herrera of Medical Science and Government Affairs Manager of Merck and the event was personally led by guest speaker, Dr. April Melody Abcede of the Philippine Society Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism.

Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism

Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism are just among the thyroid disorders that are common and this is what Dr. Abcede discussed last September 29, 2016.

Hypothyroidism or too little thyroid hormone tends to have slower metabolism: they gain weight despite not eating much, move, and speak slowly, feel tired and have depresses thoughts, cannot tolerate cold, and have irregular menstrual periods.

People who are experiencing the signs and symptoms of the disorder are advised to immediately see their physician for further evaluation. In this way, a screening will be done. The screening to be done is blood test. This is to check the levels of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), and thyroid hormone levels in the blood (T3 and T4). Your TSH levels will be high and T3 and T4 will be low in hypothyroidism.

As for the other one, hyperthyroidism, or too much thyroid hormone will have hyperactive metabolism, total opposite to the symptoms of having hypothyroidism. They lose weight despite having good appetite, have heart palpitations most of the time, irritable thoughts and insomnia, have sweating and heat intolerance, and can have tremors in their hands.

Unmasking Your Thyroid: Know The Disorder

For those who are experiencing the signs of this disorder, they are advised to see their doctors immediately as well for further evaluation. TSH level will be checked as well. You will have low TSH and high T3 and T4 if you are hyperthyroid.

Treatment for both disorders varies. For Hypothyroidism, rich in iodine foods are advised to patients who are positive of the said disorder. A replacement of iodine is also considered should the immediate need of iodine is needed. As for Hyperthyroidism, there are factors to consider before a treatment is done; thence, seeing physician is really required.

Pregnant women are prone to having thyroid disorder particularly the hypothyroidism. Though, Hyperthyroidism can happen, it is relatively rare. Those who have a family history of thyroid disorder are advised to see their physician to check the status of the mother to ensure the safety of the baby and the mother as well.

Unmasking Your Thyroid: Know The Disorder

For further details about thyroid disorders, you can log on at www.thyroid.ph. This is an online repository of information where people can learn more about thyroid disorders.

There are a lot of people who may have thyroid disorders but aren’t even aware until it is too late. It is important to have one’s thyroid checked as early as possible, especially if there is family history of the disease or during pregnancy. Prevention, proper information and early detection will always be better than cure that comes too late.


DHADHA GARCIA is a lifestyle blogger from Bacolod City, PH. A mom of one, an entrepreneur, and a shutterbug, she is happy, busy, and always on the lookout for exciting projects to work on.



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