Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism: What is it?

It affects the thyroid.

Hyperthyroidism is an overactive thyroid which produces too much thyroid hormone.

Explanation of Imbalance

Every function of the body speeds up due to too much thyroid hormone being produced.

Symptoms

Nervousness, weakness in muscles, and irritability are just some of the many symptoms associated with this disease.

Treatments

Anti-thyroid Drugs:

Pills help block the production of the thyroid hormone.


Radioactive Iodine:

Thyroid hormones require iodine in order to produce thyroid hormone, regardless if it's radioactive or not. Basically, you take the pills of radioactive iodine, the thyroid gland takes it in, and within weeks the thyroid cells begin to die.


Surgery:

Surgery is the only permanent cure. It involves the entire removal of the thyroid gland.


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Because hyperthyroidism, especially Graves’ disease, may run in families, examinations of the members of your family may reveal other individuals with thyroid problems.


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