Thyroid Hyperthyroidism

Thyroid - Hyperthyroidism

by Rashmi Gulati, MD

Signs and Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism

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The prevalence of hyperthyroidism—meaning, the estimated population of people who are managing hyperthyroidism at any given time—is around 2% for women and 0.2% for men. Approximately 15% of total cases of hyperthyroidism occur in patients over the age of 60.

Patients with hyperthyroidism may note considerable variation in their symptoms depending upon their age, how long they've had thyroid dysfunction, the degree to which they are overproducing thyroid hormones, and the presence of other medical conditions. Accurate diagnosis can be difficult in older individuals as classic symptoms of hyperthyroidism may occur less frequently with advancing age.

Hyperthyroidism Symptoms

If so, there is a possibility you have an overactive thyroid, or hyperthyroidism.

Because thyroid hormones speed up the body's rate of metabolism and increase its energy consumption, people with hyperthyroidism may be prone to weight loss, regardless of an increase in appetite or caloric intake. They may also feel hyperactive, suffer heat intolerance, and experience shortness of breath and/or heart palpitations. Marked thirst, nausea, vomiting, and increased urine output and bowel movements may also signify hyperthyroidism. The eyelids may also appear abnormally wide, giving the person a staring appearance, known as Dalrymple's sign. As the body's energy and organ reserves become increasingly depleted, people with hyperthyroidism may feel fatigued, weak, and depressed, and in extreme cases may become delirious.



Signs and Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism—Citations and Further Reading

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