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Question: What is an actual, easy to understand definition of graves disease? I am a teen and when i tell people i have graves disease they never know what it is. Like yesterday, I went for an appointment and my crush asked my friends where I was and the dears they are told him I was at the hospital! And I didn't know how to explain to him my condition. Thanks in advance!

Answer: Graves' disease is the most common form of hyperthyroidism. It occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your thyroid gland and causes it to overproduce the hormone thyroxine. The abnormal immune response can affect the tissue behind your eyes as well as parts of your skin. The higher thyroxine level in Graves' disease can greatly increase your body's metabolic rate, leading to host of health problems. Graves' disease is rarely life-threatening. Although it may develop at any age and in either men or women, Graves' disease is more common in women and usually begins after age 20. There's no way to stop your immune system from attacking your thyroid gland, but treatments for Graves' disease can ease symptoms and decrease the production of thyroxine.

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