Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland produces more thyroid hormones than the body requires. It’s also known as an overactive thyroid. The condition affects millions of men and women around the world. Lab testing often reveals imbalanced levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH).


The condition has a dramatic constellation of symptoms. The classic symptoms of hyperthyroidism include:

·         Increased sensitivity to heat and/or cold

·         Unexpected weight loss

·         Abnormally rapid heartbeat (even when at rest)

·         Difficulty sleeping

·         Irregular heartbeat

·         Heart palpitations

·         Nervousness

·         Irritability

·         Fatigue

·         Tremor (usually trembling of the fingers and hands)

·         Sweating

·         Muscle weakness

·         Hair thinning


While women are two to ten times more likely than men to develop an overactive thyroid, the disorder is not exclusive to women. Cases of thyroid dysfunction among men are increasing rapidly. Male hyperthyroidism does occur; however, it remains largely underdiagnosed in the male population because the symptoms are vastly similar to the classic signs of low testosterone in men or a stressful life.

Many of the main symptoms of hyperthyroidism are shared by men and women, but some are specific to men. For men, the most commonly reported symptoms of thyroid disorder — ranging from mild to severe — that can affect your quality of life include:

·         Decreased testosterone levels

·         Reduced sperm density and motility

·         Loss of muscle mass

·         Enlarged male breast

·         Decrease in sex drive

·         Erectile dysfunction

·         Balding/hair loss

·         Inability to cope with stress

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Thyroid disease necessitates attention and an early diagnosis. While hyperthyroidism isn’t fatal in itself, it can lead to life-threatening complications. When left untreated or undiagnosed, It may lead to serious heart problems, fracture risk, bone loss, and other issues. 

If you have a family history of thyroid disease or are over the age of 60, get yourself tested for hyperthyroidism. Similarly, if you have type 2 diabetes, you may be at a higher risk and should consider thyroid disease screening.

Thyroid hormone replacement is commonly used as a treatment. It is a safe and effective treatment that can help you avoid complications.

The evaluation of your hyperthyroidism begins with a review of your medical background, symptoms and a blood test, called a thyroid function test, that measures how well your thyroid is working. Your doctor might check to see if you have any changes in your skin or eyes, as well as any tremors. They might also test your reflexes to see whether they are too quick. These all might be signs of an overactive thyroid.


There is no ‘natural cure’ for hyperthyroidism, despite what you may read on the internet. While consuming certain foods may not cure hyperthyroidism, however, being mindful of how different foods and supplements can impact your thyroid and can help you manage the underlying condition. Diet however can influence both thyroid hormone production and thyroid function.

A few dietary and lifestyle changes can help support thyroid treatments — some of which may even help you manage your symptoms better.

For hyperthyroidism, foods such as freshwater salmon, legumes beans, lentils, peas, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and calcium-rich foods can help support the thyroid gland and fertility. Foods to avoid if you have hyperthyroidism include any that cause an allergic reaction. This includes dairy products such as milk and cheese, as well as wheat, soy, corn, and preservatives. Avoiding pasta, white bread, sugar, red meat, alcohol, tobacco, trans fatty acids, doughnuts, and cakes is also a good idea.

It may also be helpful to implement an exercise plan that can keep your hyperthyroid under control. It is recommended to start off with lower-intensity exercises like walking, and yoga. Regular exercise can improve your mood and is beneficial to your long-term health. People suffering from hyperthyroidism may benefit especially from mood-boosting exercises, as well as increased bone density and strength training. 

Hyperthyroidism is known to increase anxiety and irritability in men. Relaxation techniques are an excellent place to begin. It is not necessary to meditate for hours on end; just a few minutes every day can make a difference. For a calming effect, go for a walk outside and get some fresh air.


Untreated hyperthyroidism can take a heavy toll on your body. If not treated, it can develop into a medical emergency. Learning to consume a balanced diet that affects thyroid function, along with lifestyle modifications can help control your overactive thyroid and limit potentially harmful medication interactions.

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