More than 50 women attended the fourth monthly Via Christi Health Women’s Connection luncheon on Tuesday, June 14, networking with each other and learning how to detect and treat thyroid disease.
Dany Zayour, MD, an endocrinologist with Via Christi Medical Associates, gave an educational, entertaining talk about the thyroid to the members of Women’s Connection, a free networking group created by Via Christi to give women an opportunity to network while also learning more about their health.
Zayour said that 27 million Americans suffer from thyroid disease, but half of them are undiagnosed. Women are at the greatest risk of developing problems afflicting the thyroid, which is “the master gland of metabolism,” he said. The Via Christi endocrinologist went on to list the risk factors and warning signs of the four major types of thyroid disease – hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, goiter and thyroid cancer.
Women attending the luncheon praised Zayour’s talk and thanked Via Christi for forming Women’s Connection, a free program providing a newsletter, a blog and free monthly health education seminars.
“It’s fantastic,” said Laura Capps of Wichita. “It was entertaining and incredibly informational.” She said the new group enables women “to empower ourselves to take care of our health care.”
JoAnn Rymel of Wichita said she has had thyroid problems for 20 years and “this was really informative to me.”
“I just wanted to say thank you to Via Christi for this outreach to the community,” she said. “I learned a lot here today. I think you’re doing a wonderful public service.”
View Dr. Zayour’s presentation: