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Editor’s Note: Below is Part 2 in our two-part series on restoring thyroid health. As we learned in Part I of the series (which we encourage you to read before moving on to the post below) — Restoring Thyroid Health: Part 1: Hypothyroid — Just shy of 15 percent of the U.S. population is expected to develop a thyroid condition at some point, while roughly 20 million people in the U.S. have a form of thyroid disease, and 60 percent of those people with thyroid disease are actually unaware of their condition. In this part, the focus shifts to diagnosing and treating hyperthyroid (overactive thyroid). Symptoms of hyperthyroid include: Appetite change (decrease or increase) Difficulty sleeping (insomnia) Fatigue Frequent bowel movements or diarrhea Heart palpitations Heat intolerance Increased sweating Irritability Light menstrual or missed menstrual periods Mental disturbances Muscle weakness Nervousness Fertility issues Shortness of breath Tremor/shakiness Vision changes Weight loss or […]

According to the American Thyroid Association (ATA), more than 12 percent of the U.S. population will develop a thyroid condition during their lifetime, an estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease, and 60 percent of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition. The ATA also points out that “undiagnosed thyroid disease may put patients at risk for certain serious conditions, such as cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, and infertility.” The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ located just below the larynx (voice box). It is part of the endocrine system — the body’s chemical (hormone) messaging system. Although it is relatively small, weighing only about 25 grams, its performance impacts every cell, tissue, and organ in the human body by regulating the body’s metabolism — the process by which the body extracts and uses energy from food. In the endocrine system, the hypothalamus signals the pituitary gland