Working for a Long Time Can Lead to Hypothyroidism: Study

Long working hours can cause underactive thyroid

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Researchers have found that adults who work long hours are more likely to have hypothyroidism, which is an underactive thyroid. Pixabay

Working from home? Read this carefully. Researchers have found that adults who work long hours are more likely to have hypothyroidism, which is an underactive thyroid.

Hypothyroidism can cause tiredness, depression, feeling cold, and weight gain.

The study, published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society, found a higher risk of hypothyroidism with long working hours regardless of the workers’ socioeconomic status or sex, even though this common thyroid disorder affects women more than men.

“Overwork is a prevalent problem threatening the health and safety of workers worldwide. To our knowledge, this study is the first to show that long working hours are associated with underactive thyroid,” said lead researcher Young Ki Lee from National Cancer Centre in South Korea.

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For the findings, the research team conducted the study using data from 2,160 adult full-time workers who participated in the Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2013 to 2015.

The investigators identified underactive thyroid from records of the participants’ thyroid bloodwork.

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Overwork is a prevalent problem threatening the health and safety of workers worldwide and can cause hypothyroidism. Pixabay

Hypothyroidism occurred at more than twice the rate in participants who worked 53 to 83 hours weekly versus those who worked 36 to 42 hours each week (3.5 per cent versus 1.4 per cent), the researchers reported.

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For each 10-hour increase in the workweek, individuals who worked longer hours had an increased odd for underactive thyroid compared with those who worked 10 hours less (odds ratio 1.46).

The researchers stressed the need for further studies to determine whether long working hours cause hypothyroidism, which is a known risk factor for heart disease and diabetes.

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“If a causal relationship is established, it can be the basis for recommending a reduction in working hours to improve thyroid function among overworked individuals with hypothyroidism,” Lee said

“Additionally, screening for underactive thyroid could be easily integrated into workers’ health screening programs using simple laboratory tests,” he noted. (IANS)

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Oil Pulling: An Ayurvedic Treatment to Boost Immunity

Oil pulling is an ancient treatment dateing back to more than 3,000 years

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Oil pulling can boost your Immunity. Pixabay

Oil pulling is regarded as an ancient Ayurveda treatment that dates back to more than 3,000 years.

Considered as a detoxification therapy, it is done by taking a spoonful of cold pressed virgin oil (preferably coconut oil) and swishing it in your mouth for about 5 minutes, similar to using a mouthwash. The purpose of oil pulling is to swish the oil around in your mouth, between the teeth to get rid of bacteria in the mouth, spit it out and immediately rinse with some warm water.

Nutritionist Sheryl Salis shares how oil pulling that can help improve your immunity, uses of virgin coconut oil and the method of oil pulling:

Oil pulling is an alternative health practice gaining traction in recent times not only for oral health but also as an immunity boosting measure. As the mouth is a home to millions of microbes including bacteria, the oil pulling process helps get rid of these bacteria through swishing oil in the mouth and in-between the teeth. Swishing the oil for a prolonged period cleanses the mouth and decreases the bacterial load. Not only does this promote oral hygiene, this technique aids in overall health and well-being.

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Other than basic precautions like sanitizing and washing hands, immunty is the key factor to protect yourself from COVID-19 pandemic. Pixabay

With the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the globe, it is recommended to build and maintain a strong immune system to help combat the risk of being infected. While external precautionary measures like sanitizing and washing hands are essential, maintaining basic hygiene measures and eating healthy to build one’s immunity is of utmost importance.

Using virgin coconut oil to build immunity

Cold pressed virgin coconut oil is a superfood recommended for its myriad health benefits; it is a rich source of naturally occurring Lauric acid and contains Vitamin E which helps to improve body’s immunity. The medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFAs) that contain lauric acid and caprylic acid strengthens the immune system and has anti-viral properties. Therefore, Adding 2 spoons of virgin coconut oil to the diet every day can help improve the immunity and maintain a healthy, holistic lifestyle.

In most Indian household’s, virgin coconut oil is a staple for consumption and beauty practices and is slowly making its way in the mainstream wellness community for oil pulling. Known for its immune boosting properties, virgin coconut oil can be introduced as an effective technique into your heath regime.

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Virgin coconut oil is a staple for consumption and beauty practices. Pixabay

How to do it?

eStart by swishing it in your mouth on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning

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eTake about 1 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil in the mouth and swish it for about 3-5 minutes.

eDiscard the oil by spitting it out. Do not swallow the oil as you will ingest the toxins with it as well

eRinse the mouth with warm water and brush your teeth as usual

eRepeat the process 3-4 times a week. (IANS)

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Women Anxious Before IVF May Face Serious Mental Disorders if the Treatment Fails: Report

Dr. Aswati Nair, Fertility Consultant, Nova IVF Fertility, Delhi sheds light on how depression and anxiety can affect IVF

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IVF or any fertility treatment can cause anxiety in a childless couple. Pixabay

Getting bouts of anxiety while going through In-vitro fertilization (IVF) or any other fertility treatment is common for any childless couple. Dr. Aswati Nair, Fertility Consultant, Nova IVF Fertility, Delhi sheds light on how depression and anxiety can affect IVF.

But it’s pivotal that the stress should be managed initially, if it is ignored it can take an emotional toll on women’s mental health. Firstly, opting to for IVF is a life-altering decision by a couple. Though it brings with it a renewed sense of hope and purpose, the experience can be an intense for everyone involved.

According to a latest report published in the ‘Fertility and Sterility Journal’, women who are stressed and anxious before IVF can face serious mental disorders if the treatment fails. The journal further added women should not feel pressured to be a “good IVF patient” who’s free of stress. And, they should not blame themselves if they feel stressed out and their IVF attempt fails. The doctors should facilitate psychological intervention, if need be to help women feel better, and not focus entirely on just increasing their chances of pregnancy.

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Women should not feel pressured to be a “good IVF patient” who’s free of stress. Pixabay

Relation between depression and infertility

It is still unclear whether depression itself can cause infertility but there are some studies available which found a correlation between depression and increased rates of infertility. Some suggests that an overlap in some of the hormonal issues are involved in both conditions. Moreover, depression disrupts your daily routine and lifestyle that adversely impact the fertility. For example, depression often causes an over reaction or lack of appetite,resulting in being overweight or underweight. All these increase the chances of infertility. Besides, sometimes depressed people get addicted to smoke or liquor to get rid of their negative thoughts, resulting in infertility issues.

Can pregnancy Cure Depression?

It has been witnessed that people, who have experiences infertility failures in the past, are more prone to depression during pregnancy and also have an increased chance of getting postpartum depression. A woman or a couple needs to understand that not being able to conceive or failing to become a parent through means like surrogacy or adoption,isn’t the end o the world. It is possible to find hope and happiness again if we just shift our focus on something else for some time. If depression has taken hold, it’s unlikely to resolve on its own. Depression due to a miscarriage or failed IVF treatment is tough to overcome. Researchers have found that it can stay up to three years irrespective of if you’re pregnant or not. Therefore, counseling is pivotal throughout the grieving process so that one can overcome this dark phase and start afresh with new hopes and outlook.

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Researchers have found that depression can stay up to three years irrespective of if you’re pregnant or not. Pixabay

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Feeling better is the Key

Some couples feel antidepressants which are used for treatment have a negative effect on health as they cause hindrance when trying to conceive again. While once cannot completely rule this thought process out.

In fact, some studies have found that treating depression with counseling and anti-depressants together increased pregnancy success. That said, for milder depression, anti-depressant medications are just one of many treatment options. Depression can also be treated with psychological counselling, support groups, and mind-body therapies. (IANS)

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This World Thyroid Day know The Importance of TSH Test for Newborns

Thyroid hormones are critical for the growth of the brain and muscles in children

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Every child must have TSH test at birth. Pixabay

The brain continues growing for 2-3 years after birth, for which thyroid hormones are critical. If a newborn’s thyroid doesn’t work normally for any reason – not formed properly (called dysgenesis) or cannot function properly (dyshormonogenesis), then the brain and body do not get enough hormone (hypothyroidism) and cannot grow normally.

In womb, the mother’s thyroid hormones may help, but after birth the deficiency is disastrous, causing loss of 5 IQ points every month of life. The result – permanent mental retardation! Some health tips from Dr Anju Virmani can come in handy for little kids.

On World Thyroid Day, IANSlife spoke to Dr Anju Virmani, Senior Consultant Endocrinologist, Madhukar Rainbow Children’s Hospital, with over three decades of experience to know more about thyroid disorder in children.

She says: “The difficulty is the baby usually seems normal at birth; by the time problems are noticed, the irreversible damage can be quite severe. Every single baby must have a TSH test at birth.”

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If the thyroid doesn’t work well then the brain and body do not get enough hormone and cannot grow normally. Pixabay

“If hypothyroidism occurs in older children, the ill effects are easier to reverse if detected in time. Hypothyroidism stunts brain development, physical growth, and puberty. In the most severe form – a cretin – is a short, dull, slow, heavy child, with a pale puffy face, hoarse voice, doughy skin, tired and lethargic; maybe constipated, maybe with a neck swelling. Usually all the signs and symptoms are not present – it has to be suspected and tested for. Children with autoimmune diseases like diabetes and wheat allergy are more prone to hypothyroidism, and need regular testing,” Dr Virmani points out.

She adds: “Hyperthyroidism, rare in children, is the opposite. The child is hungry but losing weight, hot, sweaty, irritable, hyperactive, anxious, unable to concentrate; with prominent eyes. Diagnosing is easy, but the treatment is more complicated. Hyper or hypo, school performance suffers.”

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So, what are the take-home messages? She replies: “Please remember that everyone deserves a thyroid test at birth, with early treatment if needed. In older children and adolescents, if there are any suggestive symptoms as briefly listed above, think of the thyroid – easy to test for, easy to diagnose, easy to treat! Why be a cretin?” (IANS)