Is your thyroid gland overactive? - It could be Hyperthyroidism

Is your thyroid gland overactive? – It could be Hyperthyroidism


By Zuko Komisa

Every week on Saturday Breakfast, we get a dose of health education with Dr. Sindi Van Zyl and Sotho Meyer. They recently explored Hyperthyroidism.

What causes Hyperthyroidism?

Hyperthyroidism has been regarded as an excessive production of a hormone called thyroxine by the thyroid gland, which causes unbearable discomfort.

Explaining the difference between Hypothyroidism (underactive) Hyperthyroidism (overactive) & Dr. Sindi Van Zyl explains it as follows:

“The thyroid is a great body regulator for metabolism, our heart rate and so on. It uses iodine to do it, and it sits right beneath your Adam’s Apple in our throat.”

What are the signs that you may have Hyperthyroidism?

In most instances, health practitioners have difficulty diagnosing Hyperthyroidism as its’ symptoms show up in many forms. These include:

  • Loss of weight & poor appetite,
  • Irregular heartbeat & palpitations more than 100 bpm.
  • Pounding of your heart (erratic heart-rate)
  • Increased appetite
  • Anxiety and irritability
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Fatigue, nausea and muscle weakness
  • Swelling in the neck

Kaya Uncaptured also had a conversation about Thyroid Glands and what to look out for, in the event it’s not functioning properly. 

Listen to the conversation here:

She urges Afropolitans to write a list of their symptoms at all times before heading to the doctor to make it easier to get an accurate diagnosis. Anytime you experience unexplained weight loss or weight gain, unusual sweating, a rapid heartbeat, a bruise at the base of your neck. In most cases Dr.’s use anti-thyroid medications and radioactive iodine to assist with the right production of thyroid hormones.

Listen to the full conversation:



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