Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid glands secretes excess amount of thyroid hormones. Excess thyroid hormone produces multiple symptoms and has adverse consequence on an individual’s overall health unless it is treated in the appropriate manner. There are multiple causes, but the most common cause is Graves’ Disease.
As mentioned in other sections of this website, in discussing any organ system in the body, it is important to understand that organs do not work in isolation; everything works as a whole system. For example, environmental influences such as diet, nutrition, exercise and trauma may affect thyroid function, as well as immune and inflammatory imbalance, oxidative stress and energy production, gastrointestinal status, detoxification, musculoskeletal structures, other hormones and neurotransmitters, mind, spirit, emotions, community, and genetic predisposition. All these factors should be evaluated to return the thyroid from a dysfunction state to a normal functioning organ.
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What Is Graves’ Disease?
First described by Sir Robert Graves in the early 19th century, Graves’ disease is one of the most common of all thyroid problems.
It is also the leading cause of hyperthyroidism, a condition in which the thyroid gland produces excessive hormones.
Normally, the thyroid gets its production orders through another chemical called thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), released by the pituitary gland in the brain. But in Graves’ disease, a malfunction in the body’s immune system releases abnormal antibodies that mimic TSH. Spurred by these false signals to produce, the thyroid’s hormone factories work overtime and exceed their normal quota.