Hyperthyroidism is a form thyroid disorder that is common among women. Besides swollen neck, hyperthyroidism might also cause bulging eyes, which can be very frightening to many people.
What is thyroid gland?
Thyroid gland is an endocrine gland in the body, that just under the Adam’s apple in the neck. The thyroid gland secretes thyroid hormone, which controls the body’s metabolic rate. Thyroid hormone acts on nearly every cell in the body.
What is hyperthyroidism?
Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which thyroid gland is overactive and produces too much thyroid hormone. The excessive thyroid hormone will cause metabolic hormone. The excessive thyroid hormone will cause metabolic rate to go abnormally high and cause a combination of some of these symptoms:
Enlarged thyroid gland (goiter)
Painful thyroid gland
Heat intolerance, excessive sweating
Increased heart rate and blood pressure
Nervousness, anxiety, depression
Light or irregular menstrual flow
Hyperthyroidism is more common among women. Graves’ disease, which is hereditary, is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism can also be caused by thyroiditis (inflammation of thyroid gland), long-term exposure to ionizing radiation and excessive iodine intake. Emotions such as extreme sadness, fear and anger can also trigger this disease. It also related to stress during growing up, menopause, pregnancy and new graduates who start to working.
Lifetime and diet
A balance and nutritious diet is very important. Include more vegetables and fruits in our diet, consume less spicy food, coffee, alcohol and cut down on high iodine food such as seaweed and sea food. Lifestyle changes include adequate rest and refraining from smoking will also help.
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