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Thyroid Awareness Month

It is estimated that over 200 million people world-wide suffer from thyroid problems, which is more than those with diabetes or heart disease, and over half are undiagnosed. In fact, 6 out of 10 of people who have a thyroid disease are not even aware of the cause of the symptoms they experience.

Thyroid Awareness Month in an annual campaign that aims to bring the health issues related to thyroid disorders to the public’s attention.

So why is our thyroid so essential to our health and quality of life? The hormones produce by the thyroid gland called Tri-iodothyronine (T3) and Thyroxine (T4) control our metabolic rate and regulate many of our body functions such as breathing, heart rate, body temperature, digestion and how quickly you burn calories. Untreated, thyroid disorders can result in serious conditions including higher cholesterol levels, heart disease, infertility and osteoporosis. In many ways the thyroid gland is the engine control room of our body, and when it does not function correctly the thyroid gland it has a profound effect on our metabolism. Over production of T3 and T4 will speed up our body’s systems, (Hyperthyroidism), whilst too little will cause a “slowing down”, (Hypothyroidism), which is more common.

Women are affected more than men and are 5 to 8 times more likely to have a thyroid problem. One woman in every 8 will suffer from thyroid disease at some point in her life. Raising awareness through initiatives like Thyroid Awareness month is important as if you are diagnosed with thyroid dysfunction, the correct medical treatment can significantly improve your quality of life.