Treatment for Overactive Thyroid

Treating Subclinical Overactive Thyroid

Subclinical overactive thyroid is when a person has no apparent symptoms but blood tests confirm a hyperthyroidism diagnosis. Treating subclinical overactive thyroid may be more important in older adults than in younger people.
For people over age 60, subclinical overactive thyroid increases the chance of developing a rapid, irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation -- a condition that may lead to congestive heart failure or stroke.
If left untreated, overactive thyroid can also speed up the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis, particularly in women, and increase the likelihood of bone fractures. It may also increase the risk of death.
Whether subclinical overactive thyroid treatment is recommended will depend on several factors, including what is causing the condition and the levels of thyroid hormones in the blood.
Sometimes, a person undergoing treatment for hypothyroidism finds that their dose of medicine may have become too high. In these cases, the thyroid hormone replacement therapy can be decreased. This situation is not always so clear-cut, however.

Other Considerations

One of the most common symptoms of an overactive thyroid is weight loss. Therefore, it is common after successful treatment an overactive thyroid for a person to gain weight. If this is something that concerns you, speak with your healthcare provider. He or she can give you recommendations on how to maintain your ideal body weight (also see Hyperthyroidism Diet).
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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