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Let’s talk Hyperthyroidism

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As we continue to recognize Thyroid Awareness Month we wanted to provide some information on Hyperthyroidism.

First of all … What is The Thyroid gland?
The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped endocrine gland that is normally located in the lower front of the neck. The thyroid’s job is to make thyroid hormones, which are secreted into the blood and then carried to every tissue in the body. Thyroid hormone helps the body use energy, stay warm and keep the brain, heart, muscles, and other organs working as they should.

Think about the thyroid as a “factory”. When this factory is producing too much supplies, then hyperthyroidism occurs. These hormones get pushed out into the blood and cause symptoms. The body organs are working too fast: rapid heart rate, racing thoughts, jitteriness, loss of sleep etc.

There are many causes of this: One is an autoimmune attack on the thyroid, others are inflammation maybe caused by a virus or the immune system. Some thyroid nodules or lumps on the thyroid decide to produce more thyroid hormone on their own- called toxic or hot nodules.

Click the link below for a great information piece on this topic!



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