The 25th May this year is World Thyroid Day, so you can expect any thyroid awareness organisations, advocates and charities to be posting about it; including me.
200 million people in the world have some form of thyroid disease, including 1 in 20 people in the UK. As many as 60% are undiagnosed, and of those diagnosed, a lot are not adequately treated. This is why we need to keep on sharing information about the condition and encourage anyone with symptoms of hypothyroidism or hyperthyrodism to get checked out.
Though of course, for those who do get it checked out or who are diagnosed, we need them to know that not just TSH should be used to check for hypothyroidism, so we need to create awareness that a FULL thyroid panel needs doing.
I’ll be posting photos on my Facebook page about different areas of hypothyroidism that need to be raised awareness of, throughout the week.
Symptoms for hypothyroidism include ongoing fatigue, muscle aches and pains, sensitivity to cold, depression, weight gain, sleep disturbances, low libido, dry skin, hair and nails and never feeling fully well.
Symptoms for hyperthyrodism include anxiety, palpitations, unexplained weight loss, flushes, irritability and sensitivity to heat etc.
For those of us already diagnosed, we can gain awareness about how to check our thyroid glands regularly for any abnormalities, what vitamins may help us and what tests we need to ensure our doctors are doing on us. We should also be aware of what results we are looking for; a TSH between 0.5-2 is preferable, with a Free T3 in the top quarter and Free T4 mid-range or a bit higher.
We should also share any resources we’ve found helpful, for example, I would suggest all hypothyroid patients to follow the organisations recommended on the home page under – Organisations to Support. There’s Stop The Thyroid Madness, Hypothyroid Mom, Mary Shomon, Thyroid UK.. to name just a few. Check them out.
World Thyroid Day is about creating awareness of thyroid disease and disorders as a whole – for those going undiagnosed, for those going untreated or under-treated and for those doing well like me, but can always learn some more about this far-reaching condition.
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