Hyperthyroidism, otherwise known as an overactive thyroid, is a condition characterized by the overproduction of two primary hormones called tetraiodothyronine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) in the thyroid gland. T3 and T4 are responsible for managing the cell’s energy expenditure. Hyperthyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland produces too much of one or both of these hormones. The most common cause of hyperthyroidism is Grave’s disease. Here are the most common signs indicating that an individual may have an overactive thyroid.
Shifts In Appetite
Hyperthyroidism may cause either an increase or decrease in appetite or a complete change in the type of food a person craves. The majority of patients with hyperthyroidism will experience an increase in appetite, but any unprovoked change in taste might be a sign. Weight changes and an increase in thirst are also common symptoms of hyperthyroidism. Some individuals may gain weight and others will lose it. Keeping a daily food journal is a great way to track any appetite changes. Be sure to note any food cravings, what you ate, when you ate it, and how you felt afterward.