Hyperthyroidism – Diagnosis and Treatment

Hyperthyroidism or over-active thyroid refers to conditions caused by excessive thyroid hormone produced by the thyroid gland.

Hyperthyroidism is notoriously difficult to treat and it is imperative you seek the care of an experienced integrative practitioner (integrative means a practitioner that understands the importance of specific nutrient dosing and is able to utilise a combination of natural treatments and conventional medical approaches).

Common symptoms:

  • – Palpitations, fast pulse and irregular heartbeat
  • – Trembling and twitches
  • – Heat intolerance
  • – Hot flushes and increased sweating
  • – Increased appetite (or loss of appetite)
  • – Weight loss (especially if eating well) 
  • – Diarrhea
  • – Anxiety, nervousness and/or panic attacks
  • – Restlessness and insomnia
  • – Irritability
  • – Thin, moist skin
  • – Thinning hair
  • – Shortness of breath
  • – Muscle weakness  
  • – Enlarged thyroid gland
  • – Eye complaints (especially gritty or bulging eyes)
  • – Fatigue, exhaustion and lack of energy
  • – Infertility
  • – Menstrual cycle disturbances (intermittent and light)
  • – Depression and mood swings

5 steps to treating hyperthyroidism

1. Get an accurate clinical diagnosis (including reflex speed, Basal Body Temperature, and comprehensive blood testing). An ultrasound scan should be used as well to see if there are any nodules or inflammation present.

2. Check your iodine levels (Urinary Iodine Test). Iodine deficiency has been known to cause hyperthyroidism and is related to nodules on the thyroid. You must have this clinically assessed for safety as hyperthyroid states are very sensitive to treatments and great care must be taken by your practitioner.

3. Optimise your nutritional status with an individual diet plan that reflects what your system needs.

4. If the thyroid gland is not responding to treatment then surgical removal may be deemed necessary.

5. If you have a thyroidectomy (surgical removal of the thyroid) then you will need to balance the hypothyroid state that will be induced due to you not having a thyroid. This means clinical testing to correct your hormonal health and creation of a specific dietry and nutritional plan.