Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland is overactive, producing too much thyroid hormone, which speeds up many of the body’s functions. Hyperthyroidism is 7 to 10 times more common in women and usually develops between the ages of 20 and 50.
How does hyperthyroidism develop?
There are several causes for hyperthyroidism. In 75 percent of the cases, the condition is due to Grave’s Disease, an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system produces antibodies that attack the thyroid gland. In rare cases hyperthyroidism may be associated with other autoimmune disorders such as vitiligo, as well as pernicious anemia, a disorder of the blood. In some cases, thyroid nodules that secrete hormones lead to hyperthyroidism. Inflammation of the thyroid gland may also temporarily produce the symptoms of hyperthyroidism. Older people with hyperthyroidism may develop these characteristic symptoms but have what is called apathetic or masked hyperthyroidism. They become weak, sleepy, confused and withdrawn.
What are the symptoms of hyperthyroidism?
Symptoms of hyperthyroidism usually develop gradually over several weeks. They may include: weight loss despite increased appetite and food consumption; rapid heartbeat, which is sometimes also irregular; and elevated blood pressure. Additional symptoms include hand tremors; warm, moist skin due to excessive sweating; heat intolerance; anxiety and insomnia; frequent bowel movements; swelling in the neck caused by an enlarged thyroid; muscle weakness; and, in women, irregular menstruation. Hyperthyroidism can also cause changes in the eyes such as puffiness, increased tear formation, irritation and unusual sensitivity to light. If Grave’s Disease is involved, bulging eyes may also be a symptom.
Conventional medical treatments may help relieve the symptoms of hyperthyroidism, but they do not address the root of the problem. Discover why we believe that natural medicine treatments are the best way to treat hyperthyroidism.
At Sunridge Medical, our highly-trained physicians are experts in providing an integrated approach to the treatment of cancer and chronic disease. Our treatment plans are individualized, and involve both traditional and alternative medicines.
The physicians at Sunridge Medical have found that symptoms frequently can be improved and even reversed with our natural treatments. We take a holistic approach to patient care and strive not only treat the disease, but also alleviate symptoms, increase quality of life and, most importantly, address the underlying cause of disease.
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