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What is grave disease? And what causes over active thyroid?

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Dr. Brian Enggano
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Overactive thyroid

Graves' disease is a form of hyperthyroidism and occurs when your body produces antibodies that stimulate your thyroid gland, which controls your body's metabolism. This results in various symptoms like nervousness, tremor, insomnia, heat intolerance, and palpitations.
Treatment consists of medications or surgery. Speak with your doctor about options.

In brief: Overactive thyroid

Graves' disease is a form of hyperthyroidism and occurs when your body produces antibodies that stimulate your thyroid gland, which controls your body's metabolism. This results in various symptoms like nervousness, tremor, insomnia, heat intolerance, and palpitations.
Treatment consists of medications or surgery. Speak with your doctor about options.
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Dr. Alan Feldman
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology

In brief: Autoimmune disorder

Graves disease is the most common cause for hyperthyroidism in the us, and is caused by the immune system producing an antibody that stimulates the thyroid to make too much thyroid hormone.
A family history of autoimmune disease, excess dietary iodine increases your risk. Once it occurs it usually requires treatment, however, there is no treatment for the autoimmune part.

In brief: Autoimmune disorder

Graves disease is the most common cause for hyperthyroidism in the us, and is caused by the immune system producing an antibody that stimulates the thyroid to make too much thyroid hormone.
A family history of autoimmune disease, excess dietary iodine increases your risk. Once it occurs it usually requires treatment, however, there is no treatment for the autoimmune part.
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