• Elisse Evans

Hyperthyroidism

Updated: Jun 26


If you haven’t already, give our first post on thyroid disorders a read for the basics of thyroid disorders and hypothyroidism. Hyperthyroidism occurs when you have an overactive thyroid. This means your body makes too much T3 and T4.

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Weight loss

  • Heart palpitations

  • Nervousness

  • Anxiety

  • Sweating

  • Low heat tolerance

  • Increased bowel movements

These symptoms may point to hyperthyroidism. While these are just a few symptoms that can be experienced, if left untreated, additional health concerns can occur such as fatigue, hormonal dysregulation, depression, and changes in cholesterol.

Diagnoses:

Similar to diagnosing hypothyroidism, it is important to get lab work done to test your thyroid hormones. These include: TSH, Free T3, Free T4, Reverse T3, and Thyroid antibodies. These tests will show the greatest picture of what is taking place in your thyroid gland and the dysfunction occurring in your body. In the case of hyperthyroidism, the tests should reveal low levels of TSH and elevated Free T4.

How do we treat thyroid conditions?

There are a wide variety of approaches that can be taken based on the results of your tests! These include nutraceutical supplementation, dietary counseling, environmental assessment, medication management, and lifestyle modifications.

Schedule an appointment with us if you are experiencing any of these symptoms and suspect a thyroid disorder.

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References

Staff (3 Nov 2018). Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid). Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hyperthyroidism/symptoms-causes/syc-20373659

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