Living with Hyperthyroidism

Your thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland in the front of your neck that regulates many of your bodily functions. Its main job is to produce hormones which travel through your blood to each of your cells. Though small — the average thyroid is a mere ounce — it plays a mighty role in vital functions, such as:

In some cases, your thyroid can develop a problem. Several common problems are:

At Grassroots Healthcare, our internal medicine specialist, Dr. Melita Tate, specializes in diagnosing and supporting a variety of thyroid conditions. In this blog, she focuses on hyperthyroidism and answers some of your frequently asked questions.

What are the symptoms of hyperthyroidism?

When your thyroid makes too much hormone, you may experience some or all of the following symptoms:

In some cases, your neck may swell in the front or your eyes may appear to bulge.

Who gets hyperthyroidism?

Risk factors for this thyroid complication include:

In addition, your risk is elevated if you have other chronic conditions like Type 1 diabetes, primary adrenal insufficiency, and pernicious anemia.

How is hyperthyroidism treated?

Unfortunately, if left untreated, hyperthyroidism can lead to some serious complications, such as heart arrhythmias, hypertension, congestive heart failure, sudden cardiac arrest, vision loss, brain damage, and osteoporosis. It’s imperative to seek medical attention if you have the symptoms listed above.

Dr. Tate uses a natural medicine approach to help you with any health problems that are caused by thyroid irregularities. She conducts a thorough exam, runs a blood panel, and asks you a series of questions about your family and medical history to get to the root cause. 

Dr. Tate relies on lifestyle changes, customized supplement recommendations, and comprehensive nutritional support to bring your thyroid under control so it can function properly. Some of the methods she may use include:

You don’t have to struggle with hyperthyroidism or other thyroid disorders. Turn to the caring and skilled team at Grassroots Healthcare in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Call for an appointment or book online.

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