Tomb' disease is an autoimmune disorder that can cause hyperthyroidism, or overactive thyroid. Thyroid hormones regulate the way your body uses energy, so they influence nearly every body organ in your body, even the way your heart beats. With Graves' disease, your body immune system attacks your thyroid gland, triggering it to make more thyroid hormones than your body needs. About 4 out of 5 cases of hyperthyroidism in the United States are triggered by Graves' disease. Graves' disease is more common in women and people older than age 30.
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