Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which your thyroid gland produces too much of a certain hormone called thyroxine (T4). This causes irregularities in your body’s normal balances of chemical reactions. If left untreated, hyperthyroidism can lead to more serious health problems. One of the first things an excess of T4 does to your body is accelerate your metabolism, resulting in sudden weight loss; if you have been experiencing this along with any of the other symptoms of hyperthyroidism, it may be a good idea to test yourself for the condition as soon as possible.
Who is at Risk for Hyperthyroidism?
Hyperthyroidism tends to run in families, so if a past or present family member had or has a thyroid condition, you should consider getting yourself tested. Hyperthyroidism is also more common in women than in men. It can be triggered during stages of Peri-menopause & Menopause.
What are the Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism?
Symptoms of hyperthyroidism are often difficult for doctors to identify because they tend to mimic other health problems. Nevertheless, if you experience any of the following symptoms, seek out your doctor and get tested, especially if you have one or more family members with thyroid issues:
- Sudden weight loss, regardless of appetite and the amount of food you consume
- Rapid heartbeat (tachycardia) commonly higher than 100 beats per minute
- Irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) or heart palpitations
- Increased appetite
- Difficulty sleeping
- Fatigue and muscle weakness
- Nervousness, anxiety and irritability
- Tremors- usually your hands and fingers shaking
- Changes in your menstrual patterns
- Thinning skin
- Fine, brittle hair
- Increased sensitivity to heat
- Changes in your bowel patterns, especially more frequent bowel movements
- An enlarged thyroid gland (goiter) which usually appears as a swelling at the base of your neck
How can I get Tested for Hyperthyroidism?
If you would like to get tested for Hyperthyroidism, your doctor will do so by physical examination, medical history checks, and blood tests. During a physical, your doctor will look for signs such as tremors in your fingers and hands, warm and moist skin, and overactive reflexes. Should a blood test be necessary, your doctor will test the levels of T4 and TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) in your blood; if T4 levels are high and TSH levels low or non-existent, your thyroid is likely overactive. It is also recommended to request a blood test for T3. In addition, completing a Saliva Hormone Test at Avita, will provide further information on Thyroid dysfunction & the best approach to a Customized Treatment Plan.
How does Avita approach Hyperthyroidism Treatment?
Avita specializes in treating hormone imbalances naturally. We provide your body with the means to build a healthy foundation that will help combat aging and fight disease. Hyperthyroidism treatment consists of restoring the natural balance of your entire hormone system and stopping your thyroid gland from overproducing T4. We also offer natural healing methods that help treat hyperthyroidism by detoxifying the body in order to promote more effective healing.
If you are experiencing symptoms of hyperthyroidism and want to know more about how you can get tested, talk to our Pharmacist or one of our Integrative Practitioners.For a natural approach to treating hyperthyroidism, call Avita to speak with one of our experts and begin your road to natural recovery.
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