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Knowing More About Goitre in Kenya

Goitre in Kenya is described as a disease that affects the thyroid gland, which happens to grow in size due to lack or excess of some key ingredients. The thyroid gland resides at the front of the throat, below the larynx also known as the Adam’s apple. The thyroid gland is a major player of immunity in the human body.. It makes thyroid hormones triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4), which spreads in the body through the bloodstream to boost immunity and ensure proper functioning of your body.

Kenya: Goitre On the Increase

Some of the signs and symptoms which would help you detect goitre in Kenya are the enlargement of the throat which can differ in size from a lump to a huge mass of flesh. You will face swallowing problems while eating food because of the enlarged thyroid. There are chances breathing problems when the glands grows and squeezes onto the wind pipe. Therefore, as the enlarged tissue presses on to the windpipe and oesophagus it becomes difficult to breathe and swallow.

Some of the very common causes for goitre are:

  • Insufficiency of iodine in your diet
  • Consuming foods which negate the iodine factor of your diet also creates pathways for goiter
  • Intake of drugs such as lithium and phenylbutazone is also a one of the cause is also a one of the cause
  • The effects of thryoid cancer
  • Growth of nodules on the thyroid gland
  • Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid gland)
  • Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid gland)

There are two types of goitre in Kenya which can be classified as Endemic Goitre and Sporadic Goitre.

Endemic Goitre – It can said that this type of goitre is similar to an epidemic where in not an individual is affected but the whole area or community residing in a specific place gets affected. The lack of iodine is the major cause and in far-fetched places it becomes even more difficult to provide the proper care.

Sporadic Goitre – Here an individual is affected and the reasons could be as common as family history, lack of iodine in diet, and women succumb to goitre in Kenya more than men.

Some of the treatment options you can try for the patients are

  • Intake of iodine-rich diet
  • By using drugs as mentioned by your doctor, you would see a change in your health
  • Removal of the nodules present in the system either by medication or surgery

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