Thyroid Conditions

The thyroid gland influences most of the metabolic processes in the body. Thyroid problems can range from small to life threatening.

So what causes thyroid problems? A condition called hyperthyroidism, which is the overproduction of the thyroid hormone.It can occur in several ways:

  • Graves’ Disease

The production of too much thyroid hormone

  • Toxic adenomas

Nodules develop in the thyroid gland and secrete hormones, which upsets the body’s chemical balance.

  • Subacute thyroiditis

This is inflammation of the thyroid, which causes the gland to ‘leak’ excess hormones. This condition is temporary and usually lasts for a few weeks or months.

Other conditions may also be caused by Hypothyroidism, which is the underproduction of thyroid hormones. Your body needs a certain amount of the hormone to function properly, so a drop in hormone production leads to lower energy levels. Some causes of Hypothyroidism are:

  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis

This is an autoimmune disease where the body attacks the thyroid tissue. The tissue eventually dies and stops producing hormones.

  • Removal of the thyroid gland

If the thyroid gland may have been surgically destroyed removed or chemically

  • Exposure to excessive amounts of iodide

Too much iodide in your system could damage your thyroid. You will be at greater risk if you already have a thyroid problem.

Although the effects and symptoms may be unpleasant or uncomfortable, most thyroid problems can be effectively managed if properly diagnosed and treated.

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