Thyroid Awareness

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Thyroid Awareness Event happened in Makati, City Philippines, last 21 september 2016 – and it was a privilege for me to be part of this event.

Did you know that according to a study by the Philippine Soclety of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism in 2012, one In 11 Fillipino adufts has golter, and around one in 12 Filipino adults has thyroid disorder?

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I was able hear a doctor Dr. Nemencio Nicodemus, Jr. who talked about the different 2 kinds of thyroid. That it can easily be determined once they see the patient. It is more obvious in men because thyroid cartillage is the common term we call adams apple.Thyroid produces T3 and T4 that usually comes from iodine. Thyroid gland the ones that initiates diff and growth of the fetus.

Millions of Filipinos are affected by problems with thelr thyroid, yet awareness of this disease is very low. The symptoms of thyroid disorders are often mistaken for other diseases, or worse, are ignored by patients with the disease.

To raise awareness of thyroid disorder, Merck Inc. held a bloggers event at the
Holiday Inn Makati.

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Dr. Nemencio Nicodemus, Jr., who is the President of the Philippine Society of  Diabetes, and Metabolism, as wel! as a Professor in the UP College of Medicine and the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health, gave an informative talk on what the thyroid is, as well as the symptoms of thyroid disease.

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Patients with hypothyroidism, or too little thyroid hormone, tend to have slower metabolism: they gain weight despite not eating much, move and speak slowly, feel tired and have depressed thoughts, cannot tolerate cold, and have irregular menstrual periods. On the other hand, patlents with hyperthyroidism, or too much thyroid hormone, will have hyperactive metabolism: they lose weight despite having good appetite, have heart papitations, irritable thoughts and insomnia, have sweating and heat intolerance, and can have tremors in their hands.

More information can be found online in the website http://www.thyroid. ph. This is an online repository of information where people can learn more about thyroid disorders. The website also contains useful guides which can help people check themselves for symptoms of thyrold disorders, such as goiter, hyperthyroidism, or hypothyroidism.

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There are a lot of people who may have thyroid disorders, but aren’t even aware until it is too late. It is important to have one’s thyroid checked as early as possible, especially if there is family history of the disease, or during pregnancy.
Prevention, proper information and early detection will always be better than cure that comes too late.

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Merck is the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company with headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany, Merck is a leading science and technology company that works to further develop technologies that improve and enhance life -from biopharmaceutical therapies to treat cancer or multiple sclerosis, Cutting-edge systems for scientific research and production, to liquid crystals for smartphones and LCD televisions.

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