I hope you all had a fab weekend with your families and loved ones. Just last September 29th I was invited to attend a blogger’s event here in Cebu about Thyroid Disorder Awareness.
At first, I was kind of hesitant to sign up since it’s on a friday and I am taking care of Ami. But you know me, when there are events like this, I always try my best to sign up and cross my fingers that I could attend. And there I was, at Radissons and braving my ass off despite the 6pm event time.
Although I arrived late, I was glad the talk hasn’t started yet and I found myself sitting with my co- women bloggers from Cebu. I was excited and eager to learn from the talk. Dr. Chrysanthus Herrera, Medical Science and Governement Affairs Manager of Merck, Inc. gave the opening remarks.
According to a study made by the Philippine Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism in 2012, one in 11 Filipino adults has goiter, and around one in 12 Filipino adults suffers some form of thyroid disorder.
Millions of Filipinos are affected by problems with their thyroid, yet very little awareness to the disease has been put. To raise awareness about this disease, Merck Inc. sponsored this event.
Dr. April Melody Abcede, of the Philippine Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism gave an informative talk on what the thyroid is, as well as the symptoms of thyroid disease.
The Thyroid Gland is a vital and essential part of our body since it is where the Thyroid hormones TSH are produced. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism are diagnosed as well based on the T3 and T4 levels found in our blood. The thyroid gland is also referred to as the “master controller” of metabolism and is important to our over-all health and well-being.
I really learned a lot of things most especially about the importance of the Thyroid in our body and therefore, we must do our best to take care of it. Eating iodine rich foods, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and diet.
|Photos taken during the talk. So glad to be here and meet my fellow bloggers.
Women and moms like us are also found to be more susceptible to this disease. Especially with pregnant women and even women after they gave birth. The chances of getting the disease like hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism is high. That is why TSH levels are also being checked during pregnancy if you are diagnosed with the disease. And our babies as well during New Born Screening.
I highly encourage every mom especially you if you are reading this to educate yourself and spread the word.
You may also visit the website, www.thyroid.ph
, an online repository of information where you can learn more about thyroid disorders. It also contains useful guides which can help you check for symptoms of the disorder such as goiter, hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism.
I hope you learned a lot as much as I did. You can also help disseminate this information by sharing this post to your friends through facebook or twitter.