World thyroid day – 2023
World Thyroid Day, observed annually on May 25th, is a significant occasion that raises awareness about thyroid disorders, their impact on health, and the importance of early detection and proper management. During the annual general meeting of Thyroid Federation International in September 2007, it was decided to create a “World Thyroid Day” on the 25th of May. The first World Thyroid Day was celebrated in 2008.
The theme of this year- “Thyroid health: nurturing well-being”, encourages individuals to take an active role in their health. Promoting proactive care and self-awareness in maintaining a healthy thyroid and overall well-being.
The thyroid gland plays a vital role in regulating metabolism, growth, and development. Early detection of thyroid disorders is crucial for effective management and improved quality of life. However, these conditions often go undiagnosed due to their subtle symptoms or the misinterpretation of these symptoms as normal aging or stress-related issues. Symptoms of thyroid disorders may include fatigue, weight changes, hair loss, mood swings, irregular menstrual cycles, and difficulty concentrating.
Thyroid disorders can have significant consequences on physical and mental well-being. Hypothyroidism can lead to weight gain, lethargy, and depression, while hyperthyroidism may cause weight loss, anxiety, and irritability. Thyroid imbalances can also contribute to cardiovascular problems, infertility, and developmental issues in children. Recognizing and addressing these impacts are crucial steps toward a healthier population.
World Thyroid Day serves as a platform to promote education, and prevention, and improve access to quality healthcare. Educational campaigns can help individuals recognize the signs and symptoms of thyroid disorders, encouraging them to seek medical advice and screenings.
World Thyroid Day is a global event that brings attention to the significance of thyroid health and the need for increased awareness, early detection, and proper management of thyroid disorders. Together, let us join hands on World Thyroid Day to empower individuals, enhance healthcare systems, and improve the lives of those affected by thyroid disorders.
DR. GANAVI. Y. P.