Understanding your thyroid – what you really need to know

Not everyone is aware of the how important it is to take care of our thyroid, and its impact in our system. I am complete aware of this, for I have two relatives who have suffered from goiter before, but unfortunately, one of my titas died of thyroid cancer.

According to a study by the Philippine Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism in 2012, one in 11 adults have goiter, and around one in 12 Filipino adults suffer from different forms of thyroid disorders.

Awareness for tyroid disorders are so low, that most Filipinos think that thyroid disorder symptoms are mostly associated and mistaken for other diseases, and some even ignored these symptoms, not knowing that it’ll lead to something worse.

Dr. Nemencio Nicodemus, Jr., President of the Philippine Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism

During the bloggers event held by Merck, Dr. Nemencio Nicodemus Jr. talks about the importance of our thyroid in our system. What’s really interesting is that it has different kinds of thyroid disorders that has different effects on our system.

Hypothyroidism patients are those have fewer thyroid hormones and tends to have a slower metabolism than the usual; they gain weight easily despite not eating too much, they move and speak, gets depressed easily, hates the cold weather and have irregular menstrual cycles.

Hyperthyroidism patients are the exact opposite of those who have hypothyroidism – their thyroid hormones are more abundant than usual and they tend to be very much active than the usual, they lose weight easily despite having a huge appetite, have heart palpitations, irritable thoughts and insomnia, have sweating and heat intolerance, and can have tremors.

Here’s what I also learned about this meetup:

  • Taking contraceptive pills and other medicines can also trigger this disorders – contraceptives are more common to be the cause of thyroid disorders for women. Other maintenance medicines can also be a cause for this disorders too.
  • It can also be hereditary – If you have relatives who have thyroid disorders, or relatives who have, or died of thyroid cancer, then there’s a big chance that you have one too.
  • Thyroid disorders can be a prelude to major diseases – that is why it is important to take note of the symptoms and have it checked, before it’s too late.
  • If you are diagnosed to have thyroid cancer, don’t fret! – Thyroid cancer is curable if detected early.

To learn more information about thyroid disorders, you can visit www.thyroid.ph. And remember, it pays a lot to be informed. 