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๐Ÿ“† Grave's Disease Awareness Month

Written by Gabriela on 01st July 2024




We are committed to raising awareness about Grave's Disease, an autoimmune disorder that impacts the thyroid gland. This condition causes the thyroid to overproduce hormones, leading to symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, weight loss, anxiety, and bulging eyes.

Understanding Grave's Disease:
Grave's Disease occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks the thyroid, causing it to produce excess hormones. These hormones play a crucial role in regulating metabolism, affecting energy levels, weight, and heart rate.

Epidemiologically, Grave's Disease affects about 1 in 200 people, most commonly occurring between the ages of 30 and 50, and women are significantly more likely to develop the condition than men. While Grave's Disease is found worldwide, certain populations, such as those with a family history of thyroid disease, are at higher risk. Additional risk factors include smoking, stress, and the presence of other autoimmune disorders.

Symptoms and Detection:
Grave's Disease can present a variety of symptoms including rapid heartbeat, weight loss, increased appetite, nervousness or anxiety, tremors in the hands, sweating, changes in menstrual cycles, and bulging eyes. It can also lead to skin thickening and swelling, particularly on the shins and feet.

Detection typically involves a physical exam, blood tests to measure levels of thyroid hormones (T3 and T4) and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), and radioactive iodine uptake tests to assess how quickly the thyroid takes up iodine, which is essential for hormone production. Imaging tests, such as ultrasound or a thyroid scan, may also be used to evaluate the gland's structure and function.

Awareness and education are key to early diagnosis and treatment. This July, let's spread the word about Grave's Disease and support those affected by this condition.

 

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