Let’s Rule Out ThyroWeight !

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Let’s rule out ThyroWeight !

I am a firm believer in the fact that it's never too late to learn something new. That's why I attended
‘Think Thyroid Think Life’ Meet and Greet with Dr.ShehlaShaikh and Bollywood Actress JuhiChawla.
1 out of 10 people in India are said to be suffering from Thyroid disorder. Yet, we fail to talk about it
enough. This event helped me understand facts about Thyroid like never before. One of the
most common complaints around thyroid disorder is that of thyroweight-weight gain or
the inability to lose weight and tiredness. More often than not people tend to ignore small
weight gains thinking that it’s natural. The weight gain might be attributed to overeating, pregnancy
or changes in lifestyle, people just like to feel like it’s a natural change in their body. There are many
sources of unwillingness to just go to a doctor and get oneself checked like- believing that it’s
hereditary, so if my parents didn’t have it then even I don’t or, “I just don’t exercise enough” or
simply saying that why bother suspecting so much because I gained a couple of kilos. While all
of this may be true, prevention is always better than cure. Early diagnosis and differentiation
between natural weight gain and weight gain due to thyroid needs to be understood and addressed.

During the event Actress Juhi Chawla shared her personal connect with thyroid disorder.
Turns out her husband and father in law have both had thyroid disorder. She also shared
that her hairstylist too has had Hypothyroid. However, timely diagnosis and correct medication
has helped them all in overcoming this issue and live life to the fullest.
We all know that real life heroes don’t show up in capes. My Maasi has been the closest to me after
my parents. She is a tremendously efficient career woman battling Hypothyroidism since 15 years now
. Even with the health issues, she has conquered her problems like Thyroweight majorly and now lives a
life as fulfilled as anyone else. It’s time to recognize such heroes around us and celebrate them.
As an influencer, I want to utilize this opportunity for a greater good by helping my followers
understand more about Thyroid Issues.
So let's look at a couple of myths about Thyroid Problem that I believed in... And let's also break them, shall we?

1) ONLY women get Thyroid disorder
Well, what you know is actually not true. Even though women happen to have 5-8 times more
chances than men to fall prey to the condition, it's not limited to them. As shared by JuhiChawla herself,
her husband and father in law are victims to the condition.


2) It happens to only older people
Again, false information. A thyroid disorder can happen to a person as young as 12 years of age,
therefore everyone needs to take care of their health and look out. I have a friend as young
as 24 who’s been diagnosed with Hypothyroidism recently.  


3) "I'd know if I have Thyroid problems" 
While having a discourse on this topic, we actually discussed how the diagnosis of this
condition can be tricky. We all go online and look up our symptoms when we aren't feeling well.
However, a simple Google search will probably tell you that you have cancer. The symptoms
can often be very vague, therefore, not easily identifiable. It’s therefore a good idea to be
in regular contact with your doctor and get timely check ups done.


4) Losing weight is impossible when you have Thyroid issues 
As human beings we all want to believe that we do our best to look good, in that process,
sometimes we may make up excuses to prevent ourselves from feeling horrible about
having that pot belly. Well, let me burst your little bubble now. Yes, it difficult to lose weight
when you have this disorder, however, it's far from being impossible.
So let's put on our running shoes already!


5) Thyroid disorder leads to constant fatigue
If you are a patient who has already been diagnosed and have been following your medication,
you should not experience fatigue. Tiredness can be caused by numerous different factors
like lack of sleep, nutrition or exercise, etc. So talk to your doctor to be sure. 


I hope this article was as helpful for you as this event was for me; it was no less than an eye-opener. 

Even if you aren't a patient but you are a caregiver for someone with Thyroid disorder
make sure they find ways to channelize their stress. They must follow a particularly
healthy lifestyle. A good diet, enough sleep and regular exercises can be very
helpful in raising endorphin levels in the body.
Make sure that they are social; contact with peers can turn out to be a great support.
And sometimes, find ways to have them pamper themselves with some massage or sauna.

Take a step forward in the right direction with me; let's be more sensitive and aware. #RuleOutThyroweight

For more information please visit  http://thyroidindia.com/thyroweight/

Disclaimer: I attended a discussion on thyroid awareness facilitated by Abbott India Limited.
Any opinion expressed in this blog is my personal opinion and not the opinion of Abbott India Limited.
Abbott India Limited does not assume any liability for the content of the blog. The blog post is
not meant to be a replacement for a doctor consultation, nor is it a medical recommendation
or prescription of treatment for people having thyroid problems. Any reader of this blog suffering
from thyroid problems should specifically consult his/her doctor for the same and follow the
suggested course of treatment.

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