Health Tip: Things That Could Cause Graves' Disease
Factors that may play a role
(HealthDay News) -- Graves' disease occurs when the body's immune system causes the thyroid gland to produce more of a certain hormone than the body can use.
Symptoms may include an enlarged thyroid, insomnia, nervousness, a sensitivity to heat, and uncontrolled hand movement. Some people with the disease have swollen eyes.
The National Women's Health Information Center says the following factors may contribute to Graves' disease:
- Having a family history (genetic predisposition).
- Being a woman and producing female hormones.
- Experiencing extreme emotional stress or significant trauma may help trigger the disease in people who are prone to it.
- Being pregnant, which affects the thyroid.
- Having an infection.