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What is hyperthyroidism?

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When the thyroid produces too much hormone, the body uses energy faster than it should. This condition, overactive thyroid, is called hyperthyroidism. Symptoms include:

  • enlarged thyroid gland
  • inability to tolerate heat
  • infrequent, scant menstrual periods
  • irritability or nervousness
  • rapid heartbeat
  • muscle weakness or tremors
  • sleep disturbances
  • more frequent bowel movements
  • weight loss

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Medline Plus: "Thyroid Diseases;" "Depression;" and "Hormones."

 

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on March 22, 2019

SOURCES:

Medline Plus: "Thyroid Diseases;" "Depression;" and "Hormones."

 

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on March 22, 2019

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