What is it?

Hyperthyroidism is a condition caused by an overly active thyroid gland, which is a gland located low and in the center of the.  The gland secretes too much thyroid hormone, which has a number of effects on the body and causes weight loss, anxiety and nervousness, mood changes, cramping, skin and hair changes, changes in bowel movements, and a rapid heart beat.

How is it treated?

Hyperthyroidism is often treated medically by a primary care doctor or endocrinologist.  In certain cases, the symptoms are not well controlled and the thyroid can be removed to eliminate the primary problem by a surgeon.  Thyroid hormone supplementation is then required afterwards.