“It’s Not You, It’s Your Thyroid” : Merck steps up awareness campaign against thyroid diseases

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A few years ago, I started feeling poorly, I had tremors, I was losing weight fast, I could’t sleep and I had a very short temper, to the point that I would have outburst in front or targeted to my children.  It was very scary. I have an aversion to hospitals perhaps because as a young child I was confined for days at a hospital where doctors made fun of the chatty 5 years old, that is a story for another day.  I finally found the courage to go to an EENT and he discovered that I had hyperthyroidism.  The first few days of not knowing what was going on with my body and personality was scary but I am glad I now know what is going on.

In time for the International Thyroid Awareness Week (ITAW) 2017, leading science and healthcare innovation company Merck, joined forces with the Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Thyroid Association (PTA), Philippine Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism (PSEDM), and the Iodine Global Network (IGN), to raise consciousness against thyroid disorders.

You and your thyroid
The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped endocrine gland that sits in at the lower front of the neck. It plays a key role in one’s overall health and well-being by producing thyroid hormones that help keep the body use energy, stay warm, and keep the brain, heart, muscles, and other organs in tip-top condition.

Thyroid disorders are some of the most common diseases worldwide. In the Philippines, one in every 11 adults suffers from goiter or other thyroid disorders.

Thyroid problems are more common in women. Figures show that women are four to seven times more likely to have thyroid disorders than men. They are also at risk of hypothyroidism by 10 times. Moreover, women who recently gave birth and those who are in the menopausal stage are more vulnerable.

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Be Part of Smile Train and Change Someone’s Life Forever

Hello Sweetie,

Last Thursday I braved Makati yet again to attend the Media Launch of Smile Train.

Smile Train, the world’s leading cleft charity, has launched an  all-smiles photo exhibit in Glorietta 3, Makati. This exhibit not is not only to invites more Filipinos to be Smile Makers, but also learn more about the condition.

What is Cleft Lip or Celft Palete? 

Cleft lip, with or without cleft palate, affects one in 700 babies annually, and is the fourth most common birth defect in the world. Clefts occur more often in children of Asian, Latino, or Native American descent. Compared with girls, twice as many boys have a cleft lip, both with and without a cleft palate. However, compared with boys, twice as many girls have cleft palate without a cleft lip.  The condition is treatable with surgery but it usually takes several surgeries.

In the Philippines there are several charities set up, one of them is Smile Train.

Unveiled  last February 13, the #SmileMakerAko Exhibit gives Filipinos a peek into how the cleft charity has given more than one million children around the world not only new smiles, but also second chances at life.

Kimmy Coseteng-Flaviano, Smile Train, Country Manager

According to Kimmy Coseteng-Flaviano, Country Director, Smile Train Philippines,  “Holding this week-long photo exhibit is an effort to showcase to the public what Smile Train has achieved in the Philippines, and at the same time, serves as an invitation among Filipinos to bring more smiles to the The same time, serves as an invitation among Filipinos to bring more smiles to children with clefts, ”

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