Graves' Disease: Signs, Symptoms And Factors That Increase The Development Of Disorder
Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disorder in which your thyroid gland starts to produce excessive amounts of thyroid hormone. There are other possible causes of hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid), but Graves’ disease is the most common one.
It’s estimated that the disease affects approximately 1 in 200 people in the United States. Anyone can develop the disorder, but women are seven to eight times more likely to have it than men. The exact cause of Graves’ disease is unclear. The disease can be successfully treated, and there are several treatment options, including surgical removal of the thyroid.