Approximately one in every 89 Americans — that’s more than 3,000,000 people – live with a form of hyperthyroidism caused by Graves disease, and yet Graves is a disorder about which there is very little awareness. Here are Five Facts Everyone Should Know About Graves:
- Graves disease is an autoimmune disorder that impacts the thyroid gland, leading to hyperthyroidism, a condition in which the thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone.
- The most common cause of hypothyroidism, Graves disease is ten times more common in women than in men. Although it impacts people of all ages, the typical onset of Graves disease is between 20 and 40.
- People who have Graves disease very often have other autoimmune disorders such as lupus, pernicious anemia, Type 1 Diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, vitiligo, and Addison’s disease.
- Women who have been pregnant in the last 12 months are at a particularly high risk of developing Graves disease.
- The most common symptoms of Graves are arrhythmia, sleep disruption, hand tremors, increased bowel movements, unintentional weight loss, exhaustion, muscle weakness, menstrual changes, infertility, and an enlarged thyroid (goiter).
Graves disease is typically treatable. Left untreated, however, Graves can turn into a life-threatening condition. If you suspect you have Graves disease, it’s important that you consult your physician immediately. Treatment may include beta-blockers, which can cause serious side effects and drug interactions. If you have your thyroid removed or are on antithyroid medications or beta-blockers, wearing medical ID jewelry can help keep you safe in an emergency.
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As Director of Sales, Marketing, and Business Development for Lauren’s Hope, Tara Cohen is often the voice of Lauren’s Hope. Whether she’s writing the Lauren’s Hope blog, crafting a marketing email, or describing a new product, Cohen brings a little personal touch to everything she creates.
Part of the LH team since 2012, Cohen has spent years learning about various medical conditions and what engravings are most helpful for each.
In addition to her years of experience at Lauren’s Hope and all of the research she puts into writing for LH, Cohen draws on her own life experiences to bring a human touch to the LH blog.