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:
Hyperthyroidism treatment can involve:
- Radioactive iodine 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:
- Weight gain
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 . 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
An overactive thyroid, or hyperthyroidism, occurs when the thyroid produces too much thyroid hormones. Indicators of an overactive thyroid can include:
- 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 
Surgery to remove the thyroid
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.