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women more likely to have hyperthyroidism?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Yes.: Most hyperthyroidism is due to graves' disease, which is an auto-immune condition. The immune system misclassifies a thyroid protein as not belonging to the person, and make antibodies that attack the protein. In graves' disease, the antibodies trick the thyroid into making more thyroid hormone. Like most auto-immune conditions, graves' disease occurs more often in women than in men.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Yes: Yes women are more likely to have hyperthyroidism than men

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