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Hyperthyroidism: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Hyperthyroidism: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment
By James S. Pendergraft

Thyroid is an important gland in the human body. These glands
are found on the front side of the neck. The thyroid gland
secretes a hormone known as “thyroid hormones”. These hormones
have an important part to play in the metabolism process of our
body. Metabolism is a process by which the food particles that
we take in are converted into energy of different forms which
are used to satisfy the different needs of a human body.
Hyperthyroidism is a health disorder which happens when thyroid
glands produces hormones which is actually more than the body’s
requirement. Due to this overproduction of thyroid hormone, our
metabolism process gets accelerated and thus it will lead to
many health disorders in human beings.

Hyperthyroidism is caused in human beings when the thyroid
glands segregate more hormones than what is actually required
for the human body. These extra hormones will result in damaging
the functional thyroid tissue. Human body treats thyroid
hormones as foreign agents as it is the cause of many health
disorders. There are some medicines which can result in thyroid
glands producing more hormones for the body. So it is always
advisable that you should take reasonable care while taking
medicines as in many cases it may lead to hormonal imbalances.
Lithium, which is given for some psychiatric disorders, is one
such type of medicine that may lead to hormonal imbalances in
your body.

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, is the most common type of
hyperthyroidism. It can cause serious damages to our immune
system and there are many chances that your body will also be
affected. There are many symptoms that can be seen before
hyperthyroidism. But some of the major symptoms of this health
disorder are weight gain and fatigue. We can easily identify a
person with hyperthyroidism as he would be gaining weight all of
a sudden once he is affected with hormone imbalances in his
body. Every year thousands of women are diagnosed with
hyperthyroidism problems. This number of people suffering from
hyperthyroidism is fast increasing but even then people do not
have much knowledge about the thyroid gland and the hormone
imbalances that it can cause in human bodies.

When diagnosed with hyperthyroidism we would search around for
the treatment options available to treat this health disorder.
There are basically three forms of treatment available for
hyperthyroidism. Each of these treatments has their own
advantages and limitations. The doctors look into a number of
reasons before choosing the type of treatment which is required
for a person with hormonal imbalances. All the three treatments
available for hyperthyroidism are much effective and you can be
sure of a positive result irrespective of the treatment that you

Surgery is not a necessary option for cases with
hyperthyroidism. Most surgeons are of the opinion that a
radioiodine treatment is much harmful to many patients who have
bigger glands. If the hyperthyroidism is an acute one, then a
surgery can be conducted so as to cure the patient from this
health disorder.

About the Author: Dr. James S. Pendergraft opened the Orlando
Women's Center in March 1996 to provide a full range of health
care for women.


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