Hyperthyroid Basics

 

The Endocrine System

The endocrine system is a collection of glands that produce hormones (chemical messengers). These hormones pass directly into the bloodstream to control metabolism, growth and sexual development.

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The Thyroid Gland

The thyroid gland is a small butterfly shaped gland with two lobes. It is situated in the front of your neck, just below the Adams Apple. The two lobes are joined together by tissue called the isthmus.

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Hyperthyroidism

Here you can find out about hyperthyroidism, its signs and symptoms and how you can improve the symptoms.

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Graves' Disease

Graves’ disease is the autoimmune form of an overactive thyroid.  This can be set off by stress so try to avoid any stress especially whilst trying to balance your levels.

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Subclinical Hyperthyroidism

Subclinical hyperthyroidism is a condition where you have low levels of thyroid stimulating hormome (TSH) but normal levels of thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3).

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The Role of Iodine in Hyperthyroidism

Taking iodine can cause your thyroid gland to overproduce thyroxine so you may need to be careful about any supplements you take that contain iodine.

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Nodules

Nodules within the thyroid gland are solid or fluid-filled lumps, most of which are not serious and don’t cause symptoms. Only a small percentage of thyroid nodules cause problems.

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