When your thy­roid works too hard

Women's Health (South Africa) - - WEIGHT LOSS -

Although hy­pothy­roidism is the most com­mon thy­roid is­sue, around one in 50 women have the op­po­site prob­lem: thy­roids that crank out too much of the hor­mone. And while it’s not as con­tro­ver­sial, this hy­per­thy­roidism isn’t healthy ei­ther. Com­mon symp­toms in­clude weight loss, di­ar­rhoea, a fast heart­beat and shaky hands or tremors. The ma­jor­ity of hy­per­thy­roid cases are caused by Graves’ dis­ease, an in­her­ited au­toim­mune dis­or­der in which the body pro­duces an­ti­bod­ies that trig­ger the con­di­tion. Hy­per­thy­roidism can be man­aged with med­i­ca­tions that work to tone down hor­mone pro­duc­tion. (Se­vere cases of hy­per­thy­roidism may re­quire the sur­gi­cal re­moval of the gland; those pa­tients then re­quire re­place­ment thy­roid hor­mones to keep things in bal­ance.)

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