|Quiz: Could You Be Hyperthyroid?
from Mary Shomon,
Your Guide to Thyroid Disease
Could your thyroid -- the master gland of metabolism and energy -- be overactive?
As of 2006, experts estimate that as many as 59 million Americans have a thyroid condition, and a percentage -- some estimate that more than 5-7 million -- are hyperthyroid, with an overactive, hyperfunctioning thyroid.
Most people with hyperthyroidism aren't even diagnosed -- instead, they suffer various symptoms without themselves realizing that they are thyroid-related, or going to doctors who then explain away or misdiagnose symptoms.
This quiz walks you through some of the most common hyperthyroidism risk factors and the frequently seen signs and symptoms of an overactive thyroid.
After you've answered the questions, you'll get a rating, which will evaluate how many of your responses fit with the characteristics of someone who is at risk for hyperthyroidism.
This helpful tool can be the starting point for your efforts to get properly diagnosed and treated for an overactive thyroid!
Note: This tool is intended for information use only. Do not rely on it to make decisions about your health. Always consult your doctor for personal medical advice.
This quiz was developed by Mary Shomon, About.com's Thyroid Guide since 1997. Mary Shomon is a nationally-known patient advocate and best-selling author of 10 books on health, including "The Thyroid Diet: Manage Your Metabolism for Lasting Weight Loss," "Living Well With Hypothyroidism: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You...That You Need to Know," "Living Well With Graves' Disease and Hyperthyroidism," "Living Well With Autoimmune Disease," "Living Well With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia," and the "Thyroid Guide to Fertility, Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Success." Click here for more information on Mary Shomon.