Raising Thyroid Awareness in the Philippines

Did you know that according to a study 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 from some form of thyroid disorders?

Millions of Filipinos are affected by problems with their 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.

What is the thyroid gland?

  The thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped organ found at the lower middle part of the neck. It is sometimes referred to as the “master controller” of metabolism, and is important to health and well-being. The thyroid creates, stores, and releases thyroid hormones into the blood. Thyroid hormones are important to the normal function of our body, and affect everything from the brain to our other organs.

People who are at risk for thyroid disorders: 
check for the following variables
  • Iron deficiency
  • 50 years old and above
  •  Asian or Caucasian descent
  • Down’s or Turner’s Syndrome
  •  Already undergone thyroid surgery
  • Have family history of thyroid problems
  • Previous history of radiation exposure or neck x-ray
  • Diagnosed with autoimmune disease such as type 1 diabetes

To raise awareness of thyroid disorder, Merck Inc. held a bloggers event at the Holiday Inn Makati last September 21. Dubbed as "Unmasking Your Thyroid", the event was attended by chosen bloggers including people from the health industry. Dr. Nemencio Nicodemus, Jr., who is the President of the Philippine Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism, as well 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.

Patients with hypothyroidism, or too little thyroid hormone have one or more of these symptoms: 
    *tend to have slower metabolism 
    *they gain weight despite not eating much 
    *move and speak slowly 
    *feel tired most of the time
    *have depressed thoughts 
    *cannot tolerate cold
    *have irregular menstrual periods

Patients with hyperthyroidism, or too much thyroid hormone will manifest one or more of the ff:
    *have hyperactive metabolism
    *they lose weight despite having good appetite 
    *have heart palpitations 
    *irritable thoughts and insomnia 
    *have sweating and heat intolerance
    *have tremors in their hands

More information can be found online in the website 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 thyroid disorders, such as goiter, hyperthyroidism, or hypothyroidism.

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.

About MERCK: 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.

1 comment:

  1. Do you feel like you’re always fatigue, constipated, losing hair, inability to get warm, puffiness of the face, weight gain joint and muscle pain a lot of people in the Philippines – even created a group for hashimotos, hypothyroidism and other thyroid problem is being misdiagnosed because of some doctor treats one organ like for example if you have rheumatoid they just treat you the joints, diabetes they check your blood. Most of the doctor will just ask for your TSH or sometimes ft3 or ft4 – but not the anti TPO or thyroglobulin (tg) - check your laboratory test now if you can see this two lab test. – probably not!? If your doctor said that you have hypothyroidism and not hashimotos perhaps they are missing something - and giving you a mediciation that raise thyroid level – but did not do anything to support your immune systemand that’s bad!
    Hashimotos or graves disease is an autoimmune – where being sometimes misdiagnosed and just giving you thyroid medications – and let’s wait and see attitude. BUT wait and see what – your taking this thyroid supplement for years and your thyroid gland is dying. How many appointments do you have to pay for and to tell you that you need a psychiatrist.
    Finally, there are so different kinds of prescripted medicines that will treat they said your problem but in the reality, this never treat you root cause but just like blowing the smoke of the burning house. Good thing that there is some people who are doing research about this autoimmune problem – listen, hydrogen peroxide is all over your body and it could be one of the culprit – reason for you not getting well no matter how much medicine you take. Yes. Hydrogen peroxide that was used for treating the wounds You make that in every cell of your body and its part of your metabolic processes – its created in your thyroid cells to convert iodine to help more useable form – now, hashimotos which associated with hyporixide levels and excessive peroxide acts like a free radical. If you have this excessive sometimes even your hair turns to white / grey – you need to remove this peroxide out of your body – mainly thyroid and the two enzymes that you need is catalyst and the glutathione – but wait not just ordinary glutathione that you can see in the market. There are different methods of creating glutathione which is called the traditional and modern – KB Glutathione plus NAC (KB Glutanac) can break peroxide (H2O2) into H2O + O2 (which is water and oxygen) not like other glutathione in the market today which is SADLY destroy when it hit the stomach acids enzymes. They are just good in showing reduced glutathione made in japan – however a reduced glutathione CANNOT be in the form of capsule – it must be in the form of tablet – try to research In japan approved by their ministry if there is such a capsulated glutathione reduced form and we will tell you NONE – only PH338, Tathione 307, Landelution are the tablet form of reduced glutathione and the highest dosage is up to 100mg. Still, KB Glutanac is the best precursor and the most effective and cheapest glutathione in the market today because only KB Glutanac contains the most PREMIUM GRADE of raw materials.

    Same with the catalyst it is the same result as the KB Glutanac. If you will going to use the Glutathione go for Taiyo Glutathione Made in Japan – this is 100% quality premium glutathione.

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