Nollywood Actress Turned Registered Nurse Regina Askia Advises Women On Thyroid Issues | A Must Read

Knowledge, they say is power!!! Former Nigerian screen goddess turned Registered Nurse in the US Regina Askia Williams, posted this very important health issue called Hypothyroidism on her social media page and we cannot help but share it with you.

According to the 51-year-old multi-talented mum of three, most women especially those from 40 years and above experiencing some kind of hair loss, weight gain, lack of energy etc. may be suffering from Hypothyroidism (thyroid issue).

Now, so many women may be going through this and suspecting that it is their village people behind their problems or that they have been poisoned.

Continue to read below…

”All of US 😜, experiencing some kind of hair loss under those lovely wigs, when last did you have your thyroid levels checked? Hypothyroidism is a big issue especially with women over 40 when hormonal changes increase. Hair loss, weight gain, lack of energy etc… just maybe your thyroid.

If your numbers are within normal limits but you are experiencing these symptoms, invest in an over the counter thyroid support supplement. The normal high or normal low will cause these symptoms. You will be amazed. Thank me later 😊!
(Please note – It is vital to take a thyroid panel blood test to know your status. This comment is directed at when your numbers are said to be within normal limits but maybe a little off. Dangerous consequences if you blindly medicate even with over the counters. Let your doctor guide you).”
Under the comment section, a mom Nonye Uju shared her experience with Hypothyroidism

”Very rampant these days, couple of symptoms would be weight loss (if hyperthyrodism), high palpitations of the heart, you get tired easily and sweat more, sometimes heavy flow during menstruation, longer than the usual period of time, infertility, in some cases, ceased flow, bulging eyes, hair loss, your nails get dry and break easily, fatique, feeling heavier than wood, and so much more.

How do I know all these? because I was hyper, now hypo with child birth. But I guess hypo is more tedious to threat than hyper, especially with the weight gain.

It is important to always get checked out, early detection is key, and the ones not detected earlier leads to goitre, which might require operation. God bless my mum for discovering this on time, 10 years ago.”

Another woman shared:

Good information. currently treating hypothyroidism, I noticed I was gaining weight rapidly and also being fatigue all the time. I tried so many weight loss diets and supplements but nothing was working, I knew something was wrong because past year if I drink only Lipton for a week I will definitely lose weight.

So I had to check with the doctor who recommended I take thyroid function test and boom it was confirmed my thyroid gland is under performing so no matter how much I tried to lose weight it is a waste of time. Thanks for sharing, many women are not aware of this ailment.

Another woman narrated how her sister died as a result of an advanced hyperthyroidism.

Yea, this actually killed my sister,she never knew and money issue to visit a good hospital, for like 5years, treating other things, till the swollen neck. It was so bad, we begged her to come home so the family eye can be on her.

We took her to a good hospital, boom! The bad news, the goiter turned cancerous, can’t be operated or nothing. Her brain, liver almost all damaged by the drugs and herbs she was taking. We tried our best, but she is resting in the Lord. So thank you Regina for this.

According to Mayo Clinic.org, Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) is a condition in which your thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough of certain crucial hormones.

Hypothyroidism may not cause noticeable symptoms in the early stages. Over time, untreated hypothyroidism can cause a number of health problems, such as obesity, joint pain, infertility and heart disease.

Accurate thyroid function tests are available to diagnose hypothyroidism. Treatment with synthetic thyroid hormone is usually simple, safe and effective once you and your doctor find the right dose for you.

Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism vary, depending on the severity of the hormone deficiency. Problems tend to develop slowly, often over a number of years.

At first, you may barely notice the symptoms of hypothyroidism, such as fatigue and weight gain. Or you may simply attribute them to getting older. But as your metabolism continues to slow, you may develop more-obvious problems.

Hypothyroidism signs and symptoms may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Increased sensitivity to cold
  • Constipation
  • Dry skin
  • Weight gain
  • Puffy face
  • Hoarseness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Elevated blood cholesterol level
  • Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness
  • Pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints
  • Heavier than normal or irregular menstrual periods
  • Thinning hair
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Depression
  • Impaired memory
  • Enlarged thyroid gland (goiter)

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Hypothyroidism in infants

Although hypothyroidism most often affects middle-aged and older women, anyone can develop the condition, including infants. Initially, babies born without a thyroid gland or with a gland that doesn’t work properly may have few signs and symptoms. When newborns do have problems with hypothyroidism, the problems may include:

  • Yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice). In most cases, this occurs when a baby’s liver can’t metabolize a substance called bilirubin, which normally forms when the body recycles old or damaged red blood cells.
  • A large, protruding tongue.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Hoarse crying.
  • An umbilical hernia.

As the disease progresses, infants are likely to have trouble feeding and may fail to grow and develop normally. They may also have:

  • Constipation
  • Poor muscle tone
  • Excessive sleepiness

When hypothyroidism in infants isn’t treated, even mild cases can lead to severe physical and mental retardation.

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Hypothyroidism in children and teens

In general, children and teens who develop hypothyroidism have the same signs and symptoms as adults do, but they may also experience:

  • Poor growth, resulting in short stature
  • Delayed development of permanent teeth
  • Delayed puberty
  • Poor mental development

When to see a doctor

See your doctor if you’re feeling tired for no reason or have any of the other signs or symptoms of hypothyroidism, such as dry skin, a pale, puffy face, constipation or a hoarse voice.

If you’re receiving hormone therapy for hypothyroidism, schedule follow-up visits as often as your doctor recommends. Initially, it’s important to make sure you’re receiving the correct dose of medicine. And over time, the dose you need may change.

Causes

When your thyroid doesn’t produce enough hormones, the balance of chemical reactions in your body can be upset. There can be a number of causes, including autoimmune disease, hyperthyroidism treatments, radiation therapy, thyroid surgery and certain medications.

Your thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland situated at the base of the front of your neck, just below your Adam’s apple. Hormones produced by the thyroid gland — triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) — have an enormous impact on your health, affecting all aspects of your metabolism. These hormones also influence the control of vital functions, such as body temperature and heart rate.

Hypothyroidism results when the thyroid gland fails to produce enough hormones.

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