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by the team at Speedoc, July 17, 2020

What are thyroid problems?

The thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland located at the front of the neck. It carries out an important role in the body’s processes, such as regulating heart rate, body weight, temperature, menstrual cycles, nervous systems and cholesterol. Thus, an overactive or underactive thyroid gland can greatly affect one’s ability to carry out basic functions.

The thyroid gland uses iodine from food we eat to make triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). These two hormones should be balanced as an imbalance can cause hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) or hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid).

Symptoms of hypothyroidism include:

  • Weight gain
  • Impaired memory
  • Muscle weakness
  • Elevated cholesterol levels
  • Fatigue
  • Face puffiness
  • Hair loss
  • Heavier than normal or irregular menstrual periods

Symptoms of hyperthyroidism include:

  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Fatigue or muscle weakness
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Nervousness, anxiety and irritability
  • Sweating
  • Difficulty sleeping 
  • Increased appetite
  • Tremor, usually in the hands and fingers

How many people have thyroid conditions in Singapore?

Experts estimate that up to 10 per cent of Singapore’s population suffers from a thyroid condition. It is unclear what causes the thyroid to malfunction, but genetics might play a part. Women between the ages of 20 and 50 are five times more likely than men to develop thyroid issues.

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Treating thyroid conditions

Treatment for thyroid problems starts by first identifying the underlying problem and restoring the balance of thyroid hormones using medication. If you have hypothyroidism, you will need hormone replacement, while you will need medication to slow down thyroid hormone production if you have hyperthyroidism. More complex cases may require further scans or surgery to remove the thyroid gland altogether as a last resort.

What happens if hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism is not well-managed?

If hypothyroidism is not managed properly, it may lead to cardiovascular problems such as heart failure, renal complications, infertility, muscle weakness or nerve injury and increase the risk of miscarriage during pregnancy.

If hyperthyroidism is not managed properly, you may experience heart problems, brittle bones, eye problems, red and swollen skin and thyrotoxic crisis.

Suffering caused by negligence or inadequate management of thyroid conditions and additional healthcare costs in the event of health complications can be avoided by taking charge of your chronic condition and actively seeking treatment to keep it well-managed. 

Speedoc’s thyroid conditions Chronic Disease Home Management (CDHM™) Package details

Sign up for our Chronic Disease Home Management (CDHM)™ Package and take charge of your thyroid condition

Thyroid issues can have drastic impacts on your quality of life, so it is important that you take charge of your treatments and ensure that it does not disrupt your day-to-day. With Speedoc’s Chronic Disease Home Management (CDHM)™ Package, streamline and keep track of treatment and progress of your thyroid issues. Plus, you get 10 additional teleconsultations included that can be used by any family member, for any condition. Additional blood tests may also be added on to test for thyroid antibodies if required. 

Unsure about whether our thyroid conditions home management package is suitable for you? Drop us a call or WhatsApp message at our hotline +65 81808948, or email us at contact@speedoc.com and we will get back to you within 2 working days.

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