Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism is when your thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone. The extra thyroid hormone causes your metabolism to speed up. This may seem like a good thing, but when your body works too hard it can take a toll on your heart, bones, and mood. Hyperthyroidism has three forms that share several symptoms. The most common form is Graves disease. Hyperthyroidism can also occur from taking too much thyroid hormone when you are being treated for hypothyroidism. Hyperthyroidism is more common in women than men, and usually occurs after age 60.

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Review Date: 4/27/2016  

Reviewed By: Steven D. Ehrlich, NMD, Solutions Acupuncture, a private practice specializing in complementary and alternative medicine, Phoenix, AZ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.

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