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Preventive Measures of Hyperthyroidism

Thyroid By Vatsal Anand , Onlymyhealth editorial team / Sep 05, 2012
Preventive Measures of Hyperthyroidism

Preventive measures of hyperthyroidism: The preventive measures of hyperthyroidism include certain lifestyle changes that can lessen the impact of symptoms of the condition. There is no way to prevent naturally occurring hyperthyroidism.

In hyperthyroidism, the patient suffers from very high levels of the thyroid hormone. As thyroid is responsible for regulating the energy level of your body, it is advisable to take steps to prevent its disease. The preventive measures of hyperthyroidism guard you against the risk of harmful symptoms of the disease resulting from speeding up of many vital functions of the body. [Read: Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism]

 

In order to prevent the occurrence of hyperthyroidism, you should take the following preventive measures:

  • Reduce stress – Symptoms of anxiety and nervousness often result from hyperthyroidism. If you reduce external stress, it would help to lessen the problems caused by this symptom.
  • Do not take caffeine – As caffeine is linked to various complications such as nervousness, increased heartbeat and trouble in concentration, it should be avoided when suffering from hyperthyroidism.
  • Quit smoking – Graves’ disease is one of the conditions that lead to hyperthyroidism and it occurs more in smokers. Moreover, if you do not give up smoking it is likely to aggravate and result in another condition called Graves’ ophthalmology. [Read: Treatment of Hyperthyroidism]

 

As hyperthyroidism is a genetic disorder, there is no preventive measure that can be taken. You can only take steps to reduce the risk. However, this condition can also result if you take too much of thyroid medications. For preventing this, you only need to follow your doctor’s instructions which usually involve regular blood tests for checking your thyroid levels.

 

Hyperthyroidism can be caused not only by Graves’s disease but also by some types of viral thyroid infections or thyroid inflammation. In these cases, several months are required for the level of thyroid hormone to return to normal after treatment. In case of hyperthyroidism due to Graves’ disease, long-term treatment is needed but on some instances the condition heals without any treatment. [Read: Tips to Prevent Hyperthyroidism]

 

Some conditions caused by hyperthyroidism for which you might have to take preventive measures include insomnia, nervousness, sweating, enhanced heart rate, inexplicable emotional turmoil, too frequent bowel movements, tremors, weight loss despite increase in appetite, weakness in muscles, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and feeling hot all the time. [Read: Hyperthyroidism Symptoms in Men]

Monitoring risk of hyperthyroidism


You need to keep yourself monitored if there is a risk of hyperthyroidism in the family. That would involve an examination by your doctor. He would check you for signs of abnormal lumps or their enlargement. Another factor to be examined is the flow of blood around your thyroid gland. This would be done using a stethoscope. Other factors to be taken into consideration for monitoring your condition include tremor of hand, increased heart rate, response to tapping with a hammer, weakness in muscles, protruding eyes and excessive sweating.

 

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