Thyroid: Doctor highlights ‘warning signs of hyperthyroidism’ – ‘irritability’

Dietary tweaks

“As a general guide it is recommended to avoid: excess salt, refined sugars, processed foods, red meats, saturated fats, and alcohol,” said Doctor Kumaran.

What causes an overactive thyroid?

The NHS notes three main ways the condition develops, such as Graves’ disease, nodules on the thyroid and medication.

Graves’ disease

Three in four people who have an overactive thyroid are likely to have Graves’ disease.

Graves’ disease is an autoimmune condition where the immune system mistakenly attacks and damages the thyroid.

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