Graves’ Disease: A Risk Analysis

Affecting one in 200 people in the United States, Graves' Disease is characterized by an overactive thyroid.

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).[1] Graves’ is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism in the United States, affecting one in 200 people.[2] 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.

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