Hyperthyroidism results when the thyroid gland, located in the front of the neck, produces too much thyroid hormone. The thyroid controls metabolism, so if it is overactive, it may lead to weight loss, hair loss, a fast heartbeat, sweating, tiredness, shakiness, and moodiness. Graves' disease is the most common type of hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism is easily treated, usually with radioactive iodine and antithyroid medicine. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about hyperthyroidism and how it develops, how it is diagnosed and treated, and much more.
What Are the Treatments for Hyperthyroidism?
WebMD explains the treatment options for hyperthyroidism.
Hyperthyroidism (Overactive Thyroid)
If you have hyperthyroidism, it means your thyroid is overactive and produces too much of a hormone called thyroxine. Learn more about the symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment of hyperthyroidism.
Thyroid hormone helps make sure your body breaks down food and uses energy at the right speed. But what happens when you have too much of it? Find out what to watch for and what to do about it.
What Are the Causes of Hyperthyroidism?
There are many different reasons you might develop an immune disease called hyperthyroidism. Learn how your thyroid works and the different causes of hyperthyroidism.
Fatigued or Full Throttle: Is Your Thyroid to Blame?
Feeling all revved up, even at bedtime? Or maybe your throttle’s on idle with symptoms of depression, fatigue, and weight gain. In both cases, the root cause may be your thyroid.
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Graves' disease is an autoimmune disorder in which the body's immune system, for largely unknown reasons, produces antibodies to parts of the body.
Slideshows & Images
The Thyroid (Human Anatomy): Picture, Function, Definition, Location in the Body, and More
WebMD's Thyroid Anatomy Page provides a detailed image of the thyroid as well as a definition and information related to the thyroid. Learn about the conditions that affect this organ as well as its function and location in the body.
Slideshow: Thyroid Symptoms and Solutions
We look at hidden thyroid disorders, from symptoms to treatments, with pictures and illustrations.
Slideshow: Foods that Help or Hurt Your Thyroid
What you eat can affect how your thyroid works. See which foods make a difference.
Picture of Graves’ Disease
Graves’ disease. A composite image illustrates: proptosis, lid retraction; thyroid acropachy (osteoarthropathy) with clubbing; and the pink- and skin-colored papules, nodules and plaques in the pretibial region.