What is Hyperthyroidism – The Overactive Thyroid

What is Hyperthyroidism – The Overactive Thyroid

Hyperthyroidism or over active thyroid refers to conditions caused by excessive thyroid hormones Free T3 and Free T4. Hyperthyroidism is where your hormonal system is not functioning because too much of your metabolic hormone is being produced and released into your system.

This means the rate in which your burn fat and calories will be hugely accelerated, instigating rapid fat loss, excess sweating, heart palpitations, anxiety, nervousness and mood swings.

Initially this may sound like a fabulous way to lose weight fast, so you can throw out your diet pills and quick fat loss fads and drop pounds “naturally.” Of course this isn’t the case because if left untreated, hyperthyroidism can cause serious permanent health issues.

The most common cause of hyperthyroid is the autoimmune conditions. Autoimmunity is where the immune system recognizes the thyroid as a foreign body and mounts an attack on it. Other causes can be from lumps on the thyroid (nodules) or if the thyroid is inflamed (thyroiditis)

Graves ’ disease – This is where your thyroid gland is producing too much hormone. This can also lead to the development of a goiter, or enlarged thyroid gland. This condition affects more women than men in a ratio of 7:1. (Women: 100/100,000 compared to Men: 33/100,000). Graves peaks in the third to fourth decade of life and is rare before 10 years of age. Like other Thyroid complaints and autoimmune conditions, Graves has a familial predisposition and can overlap with another autoimmune thyroid condition called Hashimoto disease.

Thyroiditis – This is a disease that can trigger thyroid hormone release from your stores when they aren’t required. This will cause hyperthyroidism temporarily, usually for a few weeks or months, and it can be associated with pain or be painless.

Excited Nodules – If the nodules in your thyroid are overactive, thyroid disease can be the result. If there many lumps it’s called a toxic multi- nodular goiter

“As many as 60 million Americans have thyroid conditions, and most aren’t accurately diagnosed.” Mary Shomon, Thyroid specialist and member of the Endocrine Society

Case Study

Jan was extremely upset and worried as her doctor had told her that she may need to have her thyroid taken out because her blood tests came back alarmingly low. He had told her that her thyroid was overactive-hyperthyroid. Further investigation and testing was done and her clinical diagnosis found the exact opposite; she actually had an underactive thyroid. She had all the symptoms, her temperature was low and she had slow reflex speed. She was treated with herbs and specific nutrients at the right doses for 2 months and she is now symptom free and feels fantastic. She of course still has a fully functioning and healthy thyroid this did not require surgical removal.

“Among those who know they have thyroid problems, the majority don’t even feel well. Clearly, something needs to be done to help patients get diagnosed accurately and quickly, and once diagnosed, receive effective treatment”. Mary Shomon, Thyroid specialist and member of the Endocrine Society.

The upside? There are diagnosis and treatment options available, both medicinal and natural to treat these conditions.

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