Detecting hyperthyroidism Detecting hyperthyroidism

Detecting hyperthyroidism

Armony in health 9 November, 2016 Ana María López de Mesa

The cause of hyperthyroidism is an excess production of the thyroid hormone, a phenomenon that occurs when the body generates antibodies that overstimulate the thyroid gland.

Some of the symptoms that individuals experience when they suffer from hyperthyroidism include nervousness, irritability, perspiration, heart palpitations, hand tremors, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, weight loss, thinning and brittle hair and muscle weakness.

According to specialists from the Universidad de Navarra Health Clinic, these symptoms are the result of an excess amount of energy produced in the body when the disease develops.

While this is a disease that can generally not be prevented, as it is a result of causes that cannot be controlled, in some cases it occurs in response to an overdose of thyroid hormones or from the use of substances that contain iodine, in which case measures can be taken to prevent it.

The overstimulation of the thyroid gland causes it to release an excess amount of T3 and T4 hormones which go through the whole body, bringing enough energy for the body’s cells to function and allowing for the body’s different organs and tissues to grow properly.

The problem with this overstimulation is that it increases metabolism, speeds up the function of the body’s organs, causes certain body functions to decompensate and leads to other side effects as well as related diseases.

It is most important to detect symptoms on time and for medical attention to be sought so that the condition can be treated with antithyroid drugs or, if these are not effective, so that other alternatives such as the surgical removal of the gland can be performed.

This condition affects about 1% of the population and is more common among women between ages 30 and 40.