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An Overactive Thyroid

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One of the largest endocrine glands in the body is the thyroid glands. It can be found on the anterior side of the neck. The notch on the upper part of a man’s Adam’s apple is exactly where one can find the thyroid glands. The thyroid glands move when an individual swallows since it is firmly attached to one’s trachea. The thyroid glands are responsible for shielding the body from chemical reactions. The thyroid glands also control the body’s energy usage and sensitivity to other hormones. The thyroid glands play a vital role in the body. It produces thyroid hormones that are responsible for the regulation of metabolism in the body. When one’s thyroid glands begin to malfunction, one may be able to face thyroid problems.

One of the most common thyroid gland problems are hyperthyroidism or overactive thyroid. This happens when a person’s thyroid glands produce too much thyroid hormone in the body. Since the thyroid hormones are the ones responsible for regulating metabolism in the body, a person with an overactive thyroid gland will then experience excessive weight loss.  This is because as the thyroid glands produce more thyroid hormones, the metabolism in the body also increases. Women are found to be more at risk to suffer from an overactive thyroid than men. 

Signs and Symptoms of an Overactive Thyroid

Just like any other conditions, disorders and diseases, an overactive thyroid also has signs and symptoms. Some people suffering from an overactive active thyroid may feel one or more of the following symptoms while others may not feel any. These are the most common symptoms of an overactive thyroid gland a person may experience:

  • Light or Absent Menstrual Periods

  • Nervousness or Irritability

  • Warm Moist Skin

  • Weight Loss

  • Fast Heart Rate

  • Staring Gaze      

  • Heat Intolerance

  • Agitation

  • Inability to Sleep

  • Decreased Libido

  • Muscle Weakness

  • Diarrhea

  • Hair Loss

  • Palpitations

  • Trembling Hands

  • Fatigue

If one or more of these symptoms are experienced, it is highly advisable to consult a doctor for these symptoms to be addressed. An individual may also be provided with all the necessary information regarding an overactive thyroid. Doctors will also discuss tests that must be run to check one’s thyroid function and will provide medication to alleviate overactive thyroid symptoms as well as options on how one’s thyroid problem may be treated.

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