Hair loss, minor weight gain, fatigue and irritability – any of this sounds familiar? If yes, you could be one of the ten Indians who suffers from thyroid disorder. Yet, hypothyroidism is one of the most underdiagnosed disorders and most of the symptoms get attributed to a poor diet / lifestyle or simply to lack of sleep.
Weight Gain & Thyroid
What exactly leads to a dysfunctional thyroid gland? The reasons could be any – genetics, pregnancy, stress, an autoimmune attack, nutritional deficiencies or toxins in the environment. What is a given with thyroid disorders is weight gain. In-fact, unexpected weight gain and difficulty losing weight may be the first noticeable signals that you’re struggling with hypothyroidism. Women might put on as little as 2kgs in a year and be frustrated figuring out why they have put on weight. The slowing metabolism contributes to the weight gain as well. Losing weight with a disorder is definitely not easy. You can work out, eat healthy and do all the right things. But, you won’t loose weight unless your thyroid gland is functioning properly.
For those unaware of the disorder, thyroid is caused when your body does not produce the optimum level of thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormone affects everything from your hair to your toe nail. I recently had the honour to hear the renowned Dr. Shehla Sheika – an authority on the subject, speak at length on thyroid disorders. She mentioned that Thyroweight is a combination of weight change, fatigue and irritability. Taking the appropriate medication on time, being consistent, ensuring you follow a healthy diet and workout regime will help tackle the disorder. She informed us that the first step in the detection process only requires you to take a TSH Test. This can rule out thyroweight for you.
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Ambassador for thyroid awareness, renowned Bollywood Actress Juhi Chawla, graced the occasion and shared her personal experiences about thyroid disorder. I was surprised to note her husband, father-in-law and a key crew member all suffer from thyroid disorders. As she elaborated, a small pill as prescribed by the doctor, helped her family swiftly overcome the issue and lead life as normal. This got me thinking about everyday heroes we all encounter as part of everyday life. You don’t have to fight a war to be a hero. There are some amongst us who are fighting personal health battles and still go about everyday routine activities with no complaints and a smile on their face.
Closer to home, my aunt started suffering from hypothyroidism when she hit menopause. As is often the case, it went undetected. The weight gain, fatigue and irritability got attributed to ageing and menopause. It saddened me to see how a family member who had spent a lifetime committed to work and fitness became sluggish and no longer prided herself on her mental and physical well-being. On the suggestion of a doctor to rule out thyroweight as a first step process of detection, she was able to successfully get back to normal life. Her new mantra of staying fit at any age and managing to control her weight despite hypothyroidism is truly inspiring.
Are you at risk?
It is observed that thyroid disorders run in families. People aged 35 years and above are at a higher risk. Did you know that if you have an autoimmune disease such as Diabetes or are pregnant, you are at an increased risk level for Thyroid disorder? Thyroid disorders may also cause menstrual irregularity and infertility. Untreated hypothyroidism can further lead to serious cardiovascular and neurological complications. It is therefore important that women be checked on time.
I was glad to note that as a standard rule now, every baby born is checked for thyroid disorder. Thyroid hormone level can influence growth, development and reproduction. During pregnancy, our thyroid hormone levels naturally drop. Dr. Shehla Sheikh recommends that thyroid levels be checked during each trimester. If you have pregnancy induced hypothyroidism, upping your medical dosage by 25% or as guided by your doctor will be required. If untreated, it can affect both, the mother and the foetus.
Women today are more empowered & educated than ever before. Yet, our health has taken a backseat and regular medical check-ups seem never to be scheduled. A mother raises an entire family and her health – physical & emotional should be given its due consideration.
Let us join hands to #ruleoutThyroweight. If you or someone you know is suffering from these symptoms, simply do a TSH Test. Thyroid dysfunction has treatment options easily accessible to us. One can go back to feeling energetic and healthy with effective medication.I hope you further share this blog post with friends and family to raise awareness about thyroid disorders and aid towards early detection and appropriate medical care.