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IndiaINTERNATIONAL THYROID DAY: Thyroid disease often goes undetected: expert

INTERNATIONAL THYROID DAY: Thyroid disease often goes undetected: expert


Bathinda: “If your thyroid becomes damaged, almost every cell in your body will be affected. Thyroid hormones affect everything from breathing, heart rate, and body temperature to digestion and muscle contraction.”

Dr. Sushil Kotru director department of endocrinology & diabetes at Max Hospital, Bathinda said on Saturday that hyperthyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland is overactive, or produces excessive levels of thyroid hormones.

The common symptoms include palpitations, weight loss, severe anxiety, thyroid enlargement, and increased appetite, tremors in hands and fingers, sweating and menstrual changes, he informed.

Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland is underactive, or does not produce adequate levels of thyroid hormone, he said.

The common symptoms include fatigue, difficulty concentrating, cold sensitivity, headaches, joint pain, dry skin, constipation, menstrual irregularities, and depression.

Dr. Sushil further said that keep in mind that symptoms of thyroid disease are subtle and develop slowly. In addition, symptoms are nonspecific and that's why thyroid disease often goes undetected.

While it's always a good idea to exercise, maintain a healthy weight, and manage stress to maintain overall good , these factors usually don't directly affect your thyroid, he advised.


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