Adelaide Graves Disease & Hyperthyroid Treatment
Hyperthyroidism also called an overactive thyroid, is a condition in which the thyroid gland produces too much of a certain hormone called T4 and/or T3. This speeds up cellular processes causing anxiety, diarrhoea, muscle weakness, and sleeping difficulties. Around two in every 100 people will experience some form of hyperthyroidism. Women are more likely than men to develop hyperthyroidism, however, both genders can be affected with similar symptoms.
So what's the difference between Hyperthyroid and Graves Disease?
Hyperthyroid is a general umbrella term used to describe an overactive thyroid gland. The overactivity can result from many things including inflammation, medication and a dysregulated immune system. The most common type of Hyperthyroidism is called Graves Disease which is characterised by an immune-mediated destruction of the Thyroid Gland. This causes the thyroid to increase in size and produce an excessive amount hormones. Early diagnosis and treatment of Graves Disease is essential, as it can have server adverse effects on heart function, eyes and bone structure.
Symptoms of Adelaide Graves Disease & Hyperthyroid
Accelerated heart rate or palpitations
Unexplained weight loss
Muscle weakness and trembling
Sensitivity to heat
Protruding or Staring Eyes – (Thyroid Eye Disease Connected to Graves’ Disease)
Enlarged thyroid gland
Nervousness, Irritability, agitation, and anxiety
Changes in menstruation, including scantier flow and increased cycle length.
If you experience any of the symptoms above, you may have a thyroid condition and should be screened by an Adelaide Hyperthyroid Specialist.
Adelaide Hyperthyroid & Graves Disease Treatment
Treating Adelaide Graves Disease and Hyperthyroid patients begins with a comprehensive thyroid blood test. This gives Alex the information he needs to treat and manage your condition. The results help show exactly how your thyroid is functioning and what needs to be done to treat and manage your condition. The results will also show if you have Graves disease or another form of Hyperthyroidism.
If your condition is a result of nutritional deficiencies then correcting the balance of minerals and nutrients in the diet is paramount. This can be done through diet alone and no supplementation is usually required. In some cases with contributing factors, some supplements may be required.
If your results show immune-mediated hyperthyroidism (Graves Disease) then a more comprehensive treatment plan is needed. This involves removing immunogenic foods, using immune modulating herbs and correcting any other underlying conditions. Addressing the immune imbalance is critical to stopping further destruction of thyroid tissue, and in cases where Graves disease is caught early enough, it may prevent severe thyroid damage from developing.