BC: Josh Olazo | January 21, 2011 | Dear Patient, I hate to tell you this, but you have been diagnosed with Graves’ Disease, an autoimune disease that affects the thyroid in stimulating it. This disease may affect you by causing anxiety, fatigueness, losing weight, and you may experience brittle hair. You won’t really experience the harshness these things sound like, only if you take medicines. The medicines I recommend are Methinazole or Propylthiouracil. Your Doctor, Dr. Olazo
FC: Graves' Disease By: Josh Olazo
1: History | The first case of the disorder, was recorded in 1835 by Robert James Graves. He also is the person who discovered the disease and named the disorder.
2: Cause of disease | It is caused by a lot of things. Genes, gender, stress, pregnancy, and infection may play a role in causing Graves' disease. Immune system mistakenly attacks thyroid gland. It stimulates it, creating more hormones than usual.
3: Who is affected? | Every 5 out of 10000 people are diagnosed with graves' disease. It doesn't matter what race or culture you are. It usually occurs in mid to late 30s. Mainly females get this disease 10 times more than males. It doesn't matter where you live, it depends mainly on genetics
4: Symptoms | The symptoms for Graves' disease are: -anxiety -fatigue -weight loss -brittle hair -difficulty sleeping -sensitivity to heat - increase or decrease in heartbeat
5: Treatments | It cannot be cured, but it can be treated so that you can live a better life. It is treated with Antithyroid medicine. There are 2 types of it, Methinazole and Propylthiouracil. It is also treated by use of radioactive iodine or surgery.
6: Prognosis | This disorder, Graves' disease, can lead to death if not treated or discovered at the right time. Yes it can be treated, and it can change your life a lot. You may not have good sleep, lead to other diseases, and other things.
7: Current Research | -NGDF- National Graves' disease Foundation -American Thyroid Association -American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc. -The Hormone Foundation