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Causes & Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism & Hypothyroidism

People all over the world suffer from thyroid issues; 75% of all thyroid conditions are found in women. That’s a large percent, so let’s venture into the differences between hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism.

What is hyperthyroidism?

When the thyroid produces too many T4 thyroid hormones, it’s called hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism is a fancy term that means you have an overactive thyroid gland. Hyperthyroidism can speed up heart rate and metabolism.

Hyperthyroidism symptoms:

  • Unhealthy weight loss
  • Racing heart
  • Anxiety
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Loss of sleep and sweating profusely
  • On the extreme end, heart failure.

If you’re even slightly concerned that your thyroid gland may be overactive,
contact Dr. Ernesto Medina for a free consultation.

What is hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid doesn’t produce enough T4 thyroid hormones, due to an underactive thyroid gland. This can cause body functions to slow down. A slow metabolism will cause slowing of the digestive system, which can lead to inflammation in the digestive tract. Over time it will create damage to the intestinal lining, leading to a decrease in absorption of nutrients.

Hypothyroidism symptoms:

  • Chronic constipation
  • Brittle or dry skin
  • Unhealthy weight gain
  • Sensitivities to temperature change
  • Excessive hair loss
  • Weak, brittle nails
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Sluggish mental processing speed


Learn more about how hypothyroidism can affect significant weight gain.

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Causes & Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism
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