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Feasting brings hyperthyroidism to fore.

By Charina Clarisse Echaluce

While many get fat during the Christmas season, there are people who envy those with hyperthyroidism as they believe that this condition spares the latter from gaining weight but medical experts stressed that their condition is not something to be envied.

This might be the right time to raise awareness and correct the myths and misconceptions surrounding hyperthyroidism and its "evil twin" hypothyroidism, according to ManilaMed's endocrinologist, Dr. Juan Carlo Dayrit.

Dayrit said for the most part, our notions of hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism are incorrect. Hyperthyroidism is so poorly understood that many people, women in particular, actually envy people who have it because they think that people with hyperthyroidism never become overweight, and that is "Myth No. 1," he noted.

"Yes, hyperthyroidism makes you hypermetabolic, but it also makes you eat more. So as long you eat in excess of what you burn, then you gain weight," he said.

The most dangerous myth about hyperthyroidism is that it has no consequences other than keeping a person from gaining excess weight.

"It will make staying thin easier but it can adversely affect the heart. Those with enlarged hearts at a prematurely young age often have the condition because of hyperthyroidism. It is not unusual for those with hyperthyroidism to have osteoporosis by the time they are 50," Dayrit said.

"These are just some of the complications of hyperthyroidism," he warned.

There is "good news," though, the doctor said. "Hypothyroidism is very easy, very convenient, very cheap to treat. There are no hopeless cases. As long as the patient is taking the medications, he or she should be euthyroid [normal thyroid function] again. It's very cheap. One tablet a day, in the morning; one tablet costs R10 to R15. As long as you're taking it, hypothyroidism, even severe hypothyroidism, can be managed," he said.


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Date:Dec 23, 2017
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