Graves Disease is an autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system mistakenly attacked healthy tissue. Grave’s disease affects the thyroid gland which is located at the front of the neck. With Graves’s disease, the body overproduces the hormones thyroxine and triiodothyronine which control cell metabolism. This overproduction is known as hyperthyroidism.
The onset of Grave’s disease can occur slowly or very suddenly. It is also frequently misdiagnosed. The cause of Grave’s disease is still not clear but it is believed that genes, gender and pregnancy may play vital roles. Also, there is a hereditary link present; when an identical twin comes down with Grave’s Disease, their twin has a 25-50% chance of developing the disease as well.
Symptoms of Grave’s Disease
- Difficulty concentrating
- Double Vision
- Heat Intolerance
- Increased Sweating
- Breast enlargement in men
- Eye irritation or tearing
- Eyeballs that bulge
- Frequent Bowel Movements
- Irregular mentraul periods in women
- Muscle weakness in hips and shoulders
- Weight loss
- Restlessness or difficulty sleeping
Bari shares her experience at Sunridge
Bari, Phoenix, Arizona The only option that Bari was given was to remove her diseased thyroid. This was not acceptable to her and she chose alternative treatments instead. Her autoimmune disease is now in remission and she still has her thyroid.
Facts about Grave’s Disease
- Graves’ disease is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism in the United States.
- There are more then 3 million cases in the US reported per year.
- Grave’s disease is most common in women by 5 to 7 times.
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