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?

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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?

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