This disorder occurs when the thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone, resulting in an overactive metabolic state. All of the body’s processes speed up with this disorder. symptoms of hyperthyroidism include nervousness, irritability, a constant feeling of being hot, increased perspiration, insomnia and fatigue, increased frequency of bowel movements, less frequent menstruation and decreased menstrual flow, weakness, hair and weight loss, change in skin thickness, separation of the nails from the nail bed, hand tremors, intolerance of heat, rapid heartbeat, goiter, and sometimes, protruding eyeballs. Hyperthyroidism is sometimes also called thyrotoxicosis. The most common type of this disorder is Graves’ disease, which affects about 2.5 million Americans.
The thyroid gland is the body’s internal thermostat. It regulates the temperature by secreting two hormones that control how quickly he body burns calories and uses energy. If the thyroid secretes too much hormone, hyperthyroidism result; too little hormone result in hypothyroidism. Many cases is not understood, but the immune system can produce antibodies that invade and attack the thyroid, disrupting hormone production. Hyperthyroidism can also be caused by lumps or tumors that form on the thyroid and disrupt hormone production. Infection or inflammation of the thyroid can cause temporary hyperthyroidism, as can certain prescription drugs.
Hyperthyroidism is not as common as hypothyroidism. Both of these thyroid disorders affect women more often than men. A malfunctioning thyroid can be the underlying cause of many recurring illness.
Eat plenty of the following foods: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, mustard greens, peaches, pears, rutabagas, soybeans, spinach, and turnips. These help to suppress thyroid hormone production.
Avoid dairy products for at least three months. Also avoid stimulants, coffee, tea, nicotine, and soft drinks.
Be wary of treatment with radioactive sodium iodine (iodine 313, or 1-131), which is often recommended for this condition. Severe side effects have been known to accompany the use of 1-313. Also, do not rush into surgery. Try improving your diet first.