World Thyroid Day is an annual awareness day that was established in the year 2008 during the congress session of the European Thyroid Association (ETA). The International Thyroid Awareness Week is observed from May 25 th to May 31st to promote awareness and educate people about the understanding of thyroid conditions and challenges faced by thyroid patients.
Regular screening is a must for thyroid patients
Many people suffer from thyroid but most of them remain unaware of it. It is important to check to get regular screening done to exclude the problem of thyroid disorders. Another valid reason for the undiagnosed cases of the thyroid is this asymptomatic. Many thyroid patients have no symptoms for a long time. There is a need to check these cases in order to determine mild symptoms and get them treated right away.
Know the root cause of the problem
Around 1.6 billion people worldwide are thought to be at risk. Hundreds of millions are living with this problem of thyroid disorders. Up to 60 % of those living with thyroid are often undiagnosed and may be struggling with everyday symptoms without actually knowing the root cause of the problem.
However, once diagnosed the thyroid disorder can be treated. The International Thyroid Awareness Week (ITAW) campaign is pushing hard to help people understand the importance of thyroid testing and help people globally fight thyroid disorders
All you need to know about the thyroid gland
The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland located in the middle and lower part of the neck. Thyroid hormones play a very important role in regulating metabolism. Metabolism is basically the body’s ability to convert food into energy. It helps the body carry out various functions of the body. To carry out various functions, energy is a must. This energy conversion world at the cellular level helps in digestion, assimilation, and absorption of the nutrients from the food.
The main function of the thyroid is to control the body's metabolic rate. It is also known as the master gland of metabolism.
In order to control the metabolic rate, it produces three hormonesT3 Triiodothyronine T4 Thyroxine TSH Thyroid Stimulating Hormone
These hormones instructs the body to convert food into energy which is available to the body to carry out various functions. In the early stages of the thyroid disorder, the patient may not notice any signs and symptoms. It is important to immediately consult your doctor if you have any unusual signs and symptoms.
There are two conditions of the thyroidHypothyroidism = Underactive Thyroid Hyperthyroidism = Overactive thyroid
How to maintain a healthy thyroid gland?
Here are some tips to maintain healthy thyroidIncrease Iodine intake Staying lean and healthy Increase intake of antioxidants which can prevent aging of the thyroid Consuming vitamins and minerals which are essential for thyroid function Consuming essential minerals such as Zinc and Selenium
How to observe World Thyroid Day (WTD)?
World Thyroid Day (WTD) must be observed not only by thyroid patients but also by clinicians and researchers to hold educational seminars and make people aware of thyroid disorders. The public must be encouraged to learn more about thyroid conditions to help them fight off thyroid with ease and to avoid overall complications.