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Managing Thyroid: A Silent Disease (Ways to Live Better with Thyroid)

Alarming! Thyroid disorder is one of the most prevalent disorders in India. According to a projection from various studies on thyroid disease, it has been estimated that about 42 million people in India suffer from thyroid diseases.

Managing Thyroid: A Silent Disease (Ways to Live Better with Thyroid)

Why is Thyroid Important 

Located at the base of the neck, the small, butterfly-shaped; thyroid gland is part of the endocrine system and an important organ of the body. The thyroid gland secretes two key hormones and controls almost every function of the body, it also regulates the body's metabolism (how energy is used).

Abnormal production of thyroid hormones causes thyroid problems.

Thyroid diseases are categorized mainly into hyperfunction (overproduction of the hormones), and hypofunction (less hormone is produced) 

Thyroid dysfunction can impact almost all the body systems for example the central nervous system, the cardiovascular system, the gastrointestinal system, the skeletal system, and even the reproductive system.

There are many reasons for thyroid disorders to manifest. A disease genetic screening can help in the early detection of any thyroid dysfunction. 

Common Causes of Thyroid Disorders 

  • Iodine deficiency 
  • Family history 
  • Sedentary lifestyle and stress 
  • Inflammation of the Thyroid gland (bacteria or virus-induced) 
  • Autoimmune diseases (where the own immune system attacks the body) 
  • Genetic disorders 
  • Medical treatments like thyroid surgery, radiation therapy, and a few medicines also lead to thyroid problems. 
  • Cancerous tumors on the thyroid 
  • Nodules or non-cancerous lumps inside the thyroid    

Some Statistics 

Last year the Indus data studied 9000 samples collected from the genetic testing as well as the preventive health packages, revealing some key observations.You would be surprised to know, that it affects both women and men equally, as opposed to the popular belief that women may be affected more.

  • 13% showed abnormal results while 3% required immediate medical intervention. 
  • 5% were in the borderline category, which meant they needed regular screening for thyroid disorders. 
  • A startling fact revealed the abnormal and urgent percentages were slightly higher in males (13% and 3% respectively) than in females! (12% and 3% respectively)

 Get Yourself The Preventive Health Check-Up 

The good news is that thyroid can be safely treated and managed easily if detected early and in time. Thyroid symptoms are more often undetected or mostly ignored. A regular health check-up is essential to diagnose any problem. 

A disease genetic testing and preventive health checkup once a year is highly recommended as more than ninety percent of cases are chronic and, may require daily medications to manage the condition.

If you experience any of the following, do not ignore them. You need to go for a preventive health check-up and get tested for any thyroid disorders. 

Common Symptoms 

  • Weight loss 
  • Trouble sleeping soundly 
  • Hair loss 
  • Fatigue 
  • The feeling of anxiety and nervousness 
  • Experiencing muscle weakness
  • An enlarged gland
  • Having irregular menses or a fertility problem 
  • Osteoporosis (thinning of the bones) 

Recommendations 

A physician or an Endocrinologist should be consulted in case of any abnormality detected in the thyroid profile test. Appropriate, long-time medications and regular monitoring of the thyroid profile are highly recommended, in event of a deranged thyroid. 

A healthy lifestyle and a good diet often help in ensuring the optimum functioning of the thyroid gland and managing thyroid disorders.

One-stop evaluation 

Life is, lived better when we are, equipped to deal with every roadblock that comes our way, and a complete body check-up and genetic testing is surely the best way to ensure that. Early detection can help prevent any thyroid malfunctions. Get yourself checked today with the genetic screening packages. With some lifestyle modifications and advice from the experts, you can certainly delay or even avoid the onset of thyroid malfunctions. 

A preventive health check-up will give you results instantly. It can tell you if the disorder is borderline, abnormal, or needs urgent attention. This disorder can then, be treated almost immediately.

Some Recommended Tests, to Detect Thyroid Imbalances

  • Thyroid function test: Total T3, T4, and TSH levels in serum.
  • Thyroid Auto-antibodies test 
  • Genetic screening to detect any predisposition to thyroid malfunctions.

Remember, early detection can help prevent and delay the onset of thyroid diseases.

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