Thyroid has become very commom these days. The commonness has made people overlook the adverse effects of problems related to thyroid levels. Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) level has to be within the normal range(0.3 to 3.0 as per recent research) if it is above the range, it is called hypothyroidand if below it is called hyperthyroid. both hyper- and hypo- if left untreated causes adverse effect on the functioning of heart and brain. It can even cause death . abnormal TSH level during pregnancy can cause still births. It is also very difficult for a patient of thyroid to get conceived.
People should be made aware of the adverse effects of the change in levels of thyroid.Only if they come to know the effects of the disease if left untreated, they will have a mind to test their thyroid levels. One good thing is that thyroid cannot spread through air or water from one person to another but it can descend through the heredity. Every hospital should have a board that tells about the symptoms of thyroid. Free check up for pregnant women should be availed in all government hospitals. The cost of blood test for thyroid should be subsidized which will encourage people to check. Thyroid level check is not a one time check up. the level of thyroid needs to be checked on a regular basis.Heart and Brain are the most important organs for living and thyroid level changes can affect both so thyroid diseases should be considered well. The School level biologydoesn’t have much related to thyroid but just has information about common communicable diseases and their symptoms which are well known. chapters relating to thyroid should also be added. If a student is informed then his family and neighborhood is informed. Even awareness programs can be conducted in schools and collegesrelating to causes,symptoms and effects of thyroid diseases.
if not everyday, at least on the Thyroid Day television channels should come forward to telecast programs relating to thyroid diseases.
A comment that is worth reading:
Doc. Ganesh Puttu:
Hi GB! A thyroid is an organ, just like a kidney, heart or liver.....rarely it gets diseased and stops producing the hormone it needs to supply the body or there is a production of excess hormone which might cause a few problems. thyroid disease is not so commonplace or severe as you blog and plenty of medications are available to bring it back under control. and as i work in a govt hospital for pregnant women, i can vouch for the fact that we do TSH test routinely for all patients (throughout tamilnadu)...hope you check the local facts before blindly following american alarmist medical news releases..unneccesarry removal of thyroid causes a heck of lot of problems too...and if you need any further info please mail me..and i would help you out
Doc. Ganesh Puttu (email@example.com)