Amina Mude opens up on battle with hypothyroidism

Amina Mude [Photo: Courtesy]

Amina Mude, the wife of popular KTN News anchor Ben Kitili, has opened up on her battle with a rare health condition that she was diagnosed with after the birth of her first child.

Opening up on her Instagram with a series of posts,  Amina revealed she has in the past few years battled hypothyroidism; a condition that is as a result of the thyroid gland not being able to produce enough thyroid hormones to aid in the body’s metabolism.

Two of the symptoms associated with hypothyroidism include severe weight gain and depression which Amina says has been her greatest concern.

“I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism back in 2015 immediately after I had my daughter. I was experiencing almost all symptoms of hypothyroidism.

"Depression and severe weight gain were my biggest concern. I was 95kgs from 69kgs. This was followed by episodes of depression. Thank God I discovered that I was hypothyroid. 4 years down the line, I have been able to control my thyroid levels. Am happier and healthier,” said Amina.

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The diagnosis has, however, not deterred Amina from living a normal healthy life. The mother of two explained that she is grateful that she discovered the condition early enough and took the initiative to control it through medication and lifestyle changes.

“A lifestyle change, as well as proper medications, has helped me lose 30kgs, from 110kgs to 80kgs,” she noted.

With January being thyroid awareness month, Amina’s seeks to create awareness of the disease and encourage other hypothyroidism warriors.

“In line with creating awareness on my page, I have a support group for anyone living with hypothyroidism.

“The platform is a safe haven for people like me. I want you to feel safe, understood and cared for. I will make it my duty to share all the knowledge I have learnt on how to manage the condition.

"I believe that I was created for a purpose and so bring forth peace, joy and happiness to the world,” continued Amina.

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According to Healthline, hypothyroidism can be treated or managed through the surgical removal of the thyroid, radiation therapy and medication.

The outlet highlights that the surgical removal of the thyroid gland leads to hypothyroidism with its remedy being thyroid medication for the rest of one’s life. Radiation therapy slows downs or reduced the production of the thyroid hormones.