To successfully treat and prevent recurrence of hyperthyroidism we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors. We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow hyperthyroidism to develop?"
Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind hyperthyroidism consists of three steps:
|Cigarette Smoke Damage||99%||Confirm|
|Copper Deficiency||1%||Ruled out|
|Adrenal Fatigue||0%||Ruled out|
Possible responses:→ Never had it / don't know
→ Probably had it/minor episode(s) now resolved
→ Major episode(s) now resolved
→ Current minor problem
→ Current significant problem
Hyperthyroidism may occur, particularly in elderly people, due to long term slight iodine deficiency as this may result in additional nodules on the thyroid.
A study of 132 pairs of twins (264 subjects) showed that smoking can have negative effects on the endocrine system, causing a 3- to 5-fold increase in the risk of all types of thyroid disease. The association was most pronounced in autoimmune disorders (Graves' disease and autoimmune thyroiditis), although there was still a strong association for non-autoimmune thyroid disorders.
Underlying hyperthyroidism often returns after antithyroid drugs are discontinued. For this reason, patients are often advised to consider a treatment that permanently prevents the thyroid gland from producing too much thyroid hormone.