Hyperthyroidism is a condition that occurs in instances where the thyroid gland is producing an overt level of hormone. It is found in the neck and is responsible for dealing with the body’s metabolism, or its ability to produce and use energy. Because of this, an overactive thyroid gland affects many bodily systems. Both sexes can suffer from hyperthyroidism, but it’s more common in women ages 20 to 50.
Information. The thyroid is an endocrine, or ductless gland that uses iodine in the body to make hormone. It stores the hormone until it is needed then releases it directly into the bloodstream. There, the thyroid hormone is carried all over the body and into the cells. When the hormone reaches the cells, it is converted into other hormones that regulate metabolism. With hyperthyroidism, the body can’t handle the increase in hormone. There are several types of hyperthyroidism, but the most common form is Graves disease.