The most common thyroid disorders include hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. Having hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism can be both unpleasant and uncomfortable, but these thyroid conditions can be managed if properly diagnosed and treated.
What is hyperthyroidism?
Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which your thyroid makes too much of the thyroid hormone, called thyroxine. Your thyroid controls your metabolism, and hyperthyroidism can speed up your metabolism to above-normal levels.
What are the symptoms of hyperthyroidism?
Common symptoms of hyperthyroidism include:
Rapid weight loss
High blood pressure
A rapid or irregular heartbeat
What causes hyperthyroidism?
Hyperthyroidism is a form of hormonal imbalance; in this case the thyroid gland is over-productive. This can cause a host of health problems, so as a first test your doctor will likely check your hormone levels.
How is hyperthyroidism treated?
Hyperthyroidism treatment is based around balancing your hormones. Because hyperthyroidism involves an overactive gland, anti-thyroid medications and possibly even thyroid removal surgery (thyroidectomy) are recommended. Surgery is taken only as a last resort, or for those that cannot take hormonal medication.
What is hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism is a condition in which your thyroid does not make enough of the most important thyroid hormones called triiodothyronine (T-3) and thyroxine (T-4).
What are the symptoms of hypothyroidism?
Some more common symptoms of hypothyroidism include the following:
Muscle weakness or stiffness
Dry or cold skin
Heavy or irregular menstrual periods
Elevated blood cholesterol level
Slowed heart rate
Low sex drive
What causes hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism is a form of hormonal imbalance; in this case the thyroid gland is under-productive. Your doctor will check for a hormone deficiency before beginning any treatment.
How is hypothyroidism treated?
Like hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism can be treated with BHRT. With bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, your doctor can raise your thyroid levels and provide relief.
Have a Healthy Thyroid
If you think you're experience the symptoms of a thyroid disorder, it's best to start treatment right away.