What Body Systems Are Affected By Graves Disease?

What system does Graves disease affect?

Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid gland.

Your thyroid is a small gland at the base of your neck.

Your thyroid gland makes hormones that control many activities in your body, including how fast your heart beats and how fast you burn calories..

What body systems are affected by hyperthyroidism?

Thyroid hormones control the way the body uses energy, so they affect nearly every organ in your body, even the way your heart beats. If left untreated, hyperthyroidism can cause serious problems with the heart, bones, muscles, menstrual cycle, and fertility.

How does Graves disease affect the immune system?

In people with Graves’ disease, the immune system produces antibodies that stimulate the thyroid gland to release excess amounts of thyroid hormone into the blood. Symptoms of Graves’ disease can include bulging eyes, as well as weight loss, nervousness, irritability, rapid heart rate, weakness, and brittle hair.

Can Graves disease cause other autoimmune diseases?

What were the results of the study? About 10% of patients with Graves’ disease and 14% with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis had another autoimmune disorder. The most common associated autoimmune disorder for both conditions was rheumatoid arthritis.

Does Graves disease shorten your life?

Quality of life is worse at 6-10 years after radioactive iodine therapy of Graves’ disease compared with treatment with antithyroid drugs or surgery. Quality of life is worse at 6-10 years after radioactive iodine therapy of Graves’ disease compared with treatment with antithyroid drugs or surgery.

Will I have Graves disease forever?

Guidelines state the aim of Tx or RAI in Graves’ hyperthyroidism should be permanent hypothyroidism, which requires lifelong levothyroxine medication for maintaining euthyroidism. Creating another disease in order to treat the original disease, is no cure.