What is Graves' Disease?
Graves’ Disease (“Graves’”) is a multisystem autoimmune disorder that is characterized by hyperthyroidism or overactive thyroid. It is usually associated with an enlarged thyroid gland and exophthalmos (abnormal protrusion of the eyeballs). Graves’ is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism in the United States, affecting one in 200 people. You’ll find that Graves’ is a middle-aged woman’s disease in my risk analysis. Also, genetics and environment are linked to the disease.