The human thyroid gland is located on the front side of your neck, just below the thyroid cartilage, also known as the “Adam’s apple”. The thyroid produces two hormones within the human body, T3 and T4. In a healthy individual, the thyroid gland will produce the correct amount of each hormone, which is critical as each hormone plays an important role within the body. These two hormones control many aspects of a person’s metabolism. Basically, T3 and T4 run the body’s metabolism and ultimately effect everything from how many calories someone burns, to how warm they feel.
Additionally, T3 and T4 directly effect the functioning of most of the organs within the body, including the heart, which beats harder and faster when an increase in these hormones are present. Basically, all of the cells within the body react to an increase in T3 and T4 with an increase in the rate that organ or cell conducts its business.
Hyperthyroidism is a term used to describe the signs and symptoms associated with the over production of the thyroid hormones, T3 and 4, by one’s thyroid gland. As discussed, these hormones are responsible for the regulation of a person’s metabolism, and an increase in these hormones causes symptoms within the body related to increase metabolism. Ultimately, hyperthyroidism speeds up some of the processes within the body.
Below are listed some of the most common symptoms associated with hyperthyroidism. Now, every individual who has hyperthyroidism will likely not experience every symptom listed below. These are merely the possible and most common symptoms. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism vary greatly depending on the length of time one’s thyroid has been producing too much T3 and T4, how much extra of these hormones is being produced and an individual’s age.
Here are some of the most common symptoms of hyperthyroidism.
- Heart palpitations
- Thinning hair
- Increased perspiration and body temp
- Sensitive eyes
- Overactive heart
- Easily startled
- Increased appetite and thirst
- Weight loss
- Shortness of breath
- Decreased menstrual flow
Dr. Jeda Boughton is a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Registered Acupuncturist in Vancouver. She is also a Registered Herbologist and the founder of BodaHealth.