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What is Hyperthyroidism?

The thyroid gland is located in the front of your neck, just below your Adamís apple. It makes hormones that control metabolism, the pace of your bodyís processes. Metabolism includes things like your heart rate and how quickly you burn calories.

Hyperthyroidism, or overactive thyroid disease, means your thyroid gland makes and releases too much thyroid hormone. Hyperthyroidism can affect your metabolism. It can also cause nervousness, increased perspiration (sweatiness), rapid heartbeat, hand tremors, difficulty sleeping and weight loss.

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