'Females are 10 times more at risk of Thyroid hormone problems than males'
Experts on Friday said that 50 million Bangladeshis are suffering from thyroid disease, with 30 million from the total not even aware of their condition.
The information was disclosed at a press briefing organized by the Bangladesh Endocrine Society (BES) to mark World Thyroid Day at the Sagor-Runi auditorium of Dhaka Reporters Unity.
"Females are 10 times more at risk of Thyroid hormone problems than males," BES President Dr Md Faruk Pathan said, adding that around 20-30% of women suffered from some form of thyroid disease.
The BES president also said the situation is likely to be worse in rural areas, though statistics for such areas were yet to be collected.
BES Vice-President Dr Md Farid Uddin, General Secretary Dr Md Hafizur Rahman, and Organising Secretary Dr Shahjada Selim were also present at the briefing, among others.
The experts recommended that women be screened for thyroid problems before marriage, in order to treat the disease and alleviate the risk of passing it on to newborns.
They also called for campaigns to create more awareness on thyroid issues, and asked doctors to be involved in this regard.