|Dr. Nemesio Nicodemus Jr., President Philippine Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism|
So what is the importance of our thyroid glands? And when do you say that you have hypothyrodism and hyperthyrodism? Based on my own understanding of Dr. Nicodemus' lecture, The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ located in the base of your neck. It releases hormones that control metabolism—the way your body uses energy. The thyroid's hormones regulate vital body functions, including: Breathing, Heart rate, Central and peripheral nervous systems, body weight, muscle strength, menstrual cycles, body temperature, as well as our cholesterol levels. The thyroid gland is about 2-inches long and lies in front of our throat.
The thyroid is part of the endocrine system, which is made up of glands that produce, store, and release hormones into the bloodstream so the hormones can reach the body's cells. The thyroid gland uses iodine from the foods we eat to make two main hormones:
Listed below are other symptoms of too much T3 and T4 in your body (hyperthyroidism):
|These are the number of iodine we need daily.|
Based on a recent study by the Philippine Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, one in every 11 Filipino adults has goiter, and around 12 Filipino adults suffered from thyroid disorders. It is quite an alarming number if you ask me. The problem is that most Filipinos aren't even aware they have it. And why is that so? Simply because the awareness is extremely low. Except for hypochondriacs, most Filipinos would just ignore the symptoms (until it had gotten worse)while others would often mistake them for other diseases.
The website contains specific guidelines which can help people check themselves for symptoms of thyroid disorders like goiter, hyperthyrodism or hypothyroidism. It's important to become aware before it's too late. This is also extremely significant, especially if it runs in the genes, if you have family history of thyroid diseases as well as during pregnancy. Cliche as it may sound, but prevention is still a whole lot better than cure. The key is proper information as well as early detection. So get yourselves tested if you've got the symptoms!