Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland produces more thyroid hormone than the body needs. If you have an overactive thyroid, you may experience the following symptoms:
- Difficulty Sleeping
- Feeling hot
- Heart palpations
- Weight loss
To combat hyperthyroidism, there are a variety of treatment options as well as numerous, advanced surgery procedures available.
Causes of Hyperthyroidism
Hyperthyroidism can be caused by a number of different problems with the thyroid gland, including:
- Graves’ disease: Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disease in which the thyroid gland grows and produces too much thyroid hormone. Graves' disease runs in families, and usually affects younger women.
- Toxic adenoma: Toxic adenoma may develop when a thyroid nodule develops a growth that produces and secretes excess amounts of thyroid hormone.
- Toxic multinodular goiter: With this condition, a group of thyroid nodules form within the thyroid gland and produce and release excess thyroid hormone.
- Thyroiditis: Thyroiditis can cause hyperthyroidism through inflammation of the thyroid, which occurs when a virus or problem with the immune system causes the gland to swell and leak the thyroid hormone.