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Health Care – Hypothyroidism

As much as I believe that the human body is the most beautiful creation of Mother Nature, equally true is the fact that the same human body is probably the most complex of all nature’s creations. On the other hand, when we tend to ignore or misread the signals given by the same body, it is exactly then that good health takes a back seat and diseases start driving our lives.

Hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid gland is one such disorder which is affecting millions of people, especially women around the world. On that account, I spoke to Dr. Maneesha Pandey, Specialist Endocrinologist from Aster Clinic and Hospital, to understand the nuances of hypothyroidism. And believe you me, the statistics are quite alarming. About 30 million women around the world can be suffering from an under active thyroid gland. What is more concerning is the fact that an underactive thyroid gland in a pregnant woman can affect the brain development of the foetus.

For that reason, it is extremely important to make note of the symptoms associated with Hypothyroidism. Dr. Maneesha pointed out that symptoms like increased fatigue, weakness, weight gain or difficulty in losing weight, menstrual irregularity, increased hair fall, dryness of skin, and sensitivity to cold can be associated with hypothyroidism. However, since these symptoms are extremely common, it is regular blood screening that is extremely important to detect any anomaly in the functioning of the thyroid gland.

Even as the complications that come along with an underactive thyroid gland can alter the way one leads their lives, Dr. Maneesha assures that timely and customized treatments can definitely help in the healing process and the affected person can lead a perfectly normal life.

My suggestion to everyone, especially the women, would be to go for regular blood screenings related to the thyroid gland and check for any irregularities in the early stages. This is because I truly believe that there is no wealth as priceless as good health; and there is no greater happiness than a healthy mind in a healthy body.

Do you see any of the mentioned symptoms in you? If yes, then do go in for a blood test to rule out hypothyroidism. Would love to have inputs from those who are diagnosed with this on how they have made and adapted certain lifestyle changes to lead a normal life.

Tons of Love,
Uma

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