Hyperthyroidism is what happens when your thyroid gland is producing too much thyroid hormone and your body is running on overdrive.
Hyperthyroidism is more common in women, but the reasons are unknown. The symptoms of an overactive thyroid, regardless of the cause, are basically the same, but hyperthyroidism treatment recommendations may vary depending on the diagnosis.
- Graves’ Disease: is an autoimmune condition and the most common cause of an overactive thyroid. Thyroid antibodies attack your thyroid gland so that the body’s immune system overstimulates the thyroid gland to produce excessive amounts of thyroid hormone.
- Subclinical Hyperthyroidism: is when your labs are mildly abnormal but you do not experience any symptoms. Depending on your age, other medical problems, and labs values, this may or may not need treatment.