WHAT IS HYPERTHYROIDISM?
The thyroid gland, one of the hormone-producing organs, is situated at the front of the neck, directly in front of the windpipe. Thyroid regulates all body functions. Hyperthyroidism is not a disease, but the over activity or hyper functioning of thyroid and since Thyroid regulates all body functions, manifestations are seen all over.
Mostly adult women between 20 and 50.
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
Since thyroid regulates the rate of body's metabolism, every system works overtime.
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HOW TO PREVENT
No specific preventive measures.
Usually curable with medication or surgery. Allow 6 months of treatment for the condition to stabilize. In cases resistant to treatment, Radioactive Iodine may be given. Some forms may return to normal without treatment.
Since this condition develops gradually, symptoms may be difficult to recognize. If family and friends mention changes in your behavior or appearance, consult your doctor.
Surgery may sometimes be necessary to remove part of the thyroid, if medication does not control the disorder.
Your doctor may prescribe:
Rest in bed as much as possible until the disorder is cured.
Eat a diet high in protein to replace tissue lost from thyroid overactivity.
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