The thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped gland which plays a vital role in regulating the body’s metabolism. While thyroid problems can range from harmless to more serious issues, some of the most common conditions include: hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.

Hypothyroidism treatment can involve:

  • Medication

Hyperthyroidism treatment can involve:

  • Medication
  • Radioactive iodine treatment
  • Surgery

See also: What is the Function of the Thyroid Gland?



Hypothyroidism treatment


Hypothyroidism, also referred to as an underactive thyroid, occurs when the thyroid doesn’t produce enough hormones. Indicators of an underactive thyroid can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Depression

According to the NHS an underactive thyroid can usually be effectively treated by taking daily medication which will work to replace the hormones your body isn’t currently making [1]. With proper treatment, symptoms of hypothyroidism can be managed and it’s possible to go on and live a healthy and happy life!

See also: Living With Hypothyroidism


Hyperthyroidism treatment


An overactive thyroid, or hyperthyroidism, occurs when the thyroid produces too much thyroid hormones. Indicators of an overactive thyroid can include:

  • Anxiousness
  • Heat sensitivity
  • Weight loss

The main treatments for an overactive thyroid typically include:

  • Medication might be prescribed which will help control thyroid hormone production

  • Radioactive iodine treatment is a type of radioactive treatment which aims to destroy cells in the thyroid - limiting the thyroids ability to produce hormones [2]

  • Surgery to remove the thyroid

See also: Thyroid Problems: The Signs and Solutions


If you’re curious about your thyroid health, it’s possible to find out more by taking a visit to your doctor’s office or by taking a lab test from the comfort of your own home.

LetsGetChecked’s home thyroid testing options measure key hormones to identify thyroid problems or dysfunctions. Online results will be available within 5 days and our dedicated medical team will be available to answer any questions you may have about your results.

See also: How Do You Check Thyroid Problems From Home?



References


  1. NHS. Underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism). Online: NHS.uk, 2018
  2. NIDDK. Hypothyroidism. Online: NIDDK, August, 2016
  3. NHS. Overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism). Online: NHS.uk, 2019
  4. NIDDK. Hyperthyroidism. Online: NIDDK, August 2016.