What Causes Elevated Thyroid Levels?

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How come I have elevated thyroid levels?

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Elevated thyroid levels can also be referred to as hyperthyroidism or overactive thyroid. The most common cause is Grave’s disease. Other causes include thyroid nodules, thyroiditis and excess iodine. Besides, taking too much thyroid medications may cause the thyroid gland to produce excessive hormones.

Grave’s disease is a type of autoimmune illness. A person with Grave’s disease can make an antibody that causes the overproduction of thyroid hormones. A thyroid nodule or multiple thyroid nodules developing in the gland can increase the volume of hormones produced by the thyroid. Thyroiditis, which occurs in 20% of women after pregnancy, is inflammation of the thyroid caused by an immune system problem, a virus infection or other causes. It also causes the thyroid gland to secrete more hormones. As the amount of thyroid hormones increases, hyperthyroidism develops.

 

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