Healthy Moments Episode

Understanding Hyperthyroidism

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Aug 17, 2009 | Download Audio

Dr. Rodgers provides an overview of hyperthyroidism and lists some of the symptoms of this disorder.


Normally, high productivity leads to positive results, but when it comes to your thyroid gland — it can have negative consequences.

Hi, I'm Dr. Griffin Rodgers, bringing you Healthy Moments from the NIH. I'm the director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Last time, I spoke about hypothyroidism—where the thyroid produces too little hormone. The opposite of this disorder is hyperthyroidism—where the thyroid gland makes more hormone than the body needs.

Symptoms of hyperthyroidism include:

• nervousness or irritability

• fatigue or muscle weakness

• trouble sleeping

• rapid or irregular heartbeat

• weight loss

• and a goiter, or an enlarged thyroid gland

If you experience one or more of these symptoms, see a doctor.

And for more information, visit our website at NIDDK or This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers. Join me next week for more Healthy Moments.

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