Thyroid disorders affect millions of Filipinos, yet very few are aware of them. One in 11 Filipino adults has goiter, and around one in 12 Filipino adults suffers from some form of thyroid disease. It is estimated that eight out of every 1000 children worldwide are affected by thyroid disease.
This issue is particularly very close to my heart. My husband’s family has a line of thyroid problems so that means my daughter may also have it.
Awareness should never be overlooked because it could save someone’s life and help so many other people in the process. The International Thyroid Awareness Week (ITAW) is the perfect opportunity to learn more about how the thyroid gland and the thyroid disorders that affect one’s metabolism.
Not a lot of people know how
important the thyroid is when it comes to growth and development. The thyroid
is a small butterfly-shaped organ in the neck, and produces thyroid hormone. If
something is wrong with the thyroid, it can result to hormonal imbalances that
if undiagnosed and left untreated, can have a harmful effect on brain
development, growth, puberty and well-being. The ITAW’s objective is to help
mothers and pregnant women spot the signs and symptoms early so they can be
cured treated and children can then live normal and healthy lives afterwards.
The theme of the week-long event is known as “Catching Butterflies: Spotting the Symptoms of Thyroid Disorders in Children.” The main objective of this event is to raise awareness of thyroid disorders in children and in pregnant women. Apart from having a lecture, there will also be a screening and a checkup for those with the symptoms of thyroid disorder, as well as consultation and compliance in treatment.
The “Catching Butterflies” event will cover more than just health awareness; there are tons of events that will make it enjoyable. Going with the theme of pretty butterflies to represent the thyroid gland,there will be exciting prizes, butterfly clay art, caricature, cookies, dance numbers, mascots, and so much more.
The culminating event for the 2016 International Thyroid Awareness Week will be held at the Fisher Mall Event Center on May 28, 2016, Saturday. I encourage you to go to learn more about thyroid issues and what you can do about it. Do spread the word to your family and friends and let us educate ourselves about this issue.
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