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Vitamin D may be an independent predictor of Graves’ disease recurrence

Posted on: September 11, 2017   by  Riley Peterson & John Cannell, MD.


Graves’ disease is a form of autoimmune thyroiditis in which the thyroid gland is overstimulated, and the amount of hormones it releases increases. It is the number one cause of a hyperactive thyroid, or hyperthyroidism. While Graves’ disease is a fairly common condition, it is 7-8 times more likely to appear in women than men.

Normally, the immune system produces antibodies which attack viruses, bacteria or otherwise irregular cells within the body. Occasionally, malfunction of the immune system can cause the antibodies to attack normal, healthy cells. This is known as autoimmune disease. However, in the case of Graves’ disease, the antibodies, known as thyroid stimulating hormone receptor antibodies (TRAb), do not attack healthy cells, but increase their activity. This increase in hormone activity can lead to an increased metabolic activity, characterized by rapid heartbeat, sweating, shaking and weight loss. 

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3 Responses to Vitamin D may be an independent predictor of Graves’ disease recurrence

  1. [email protected]

    Even when logged in properly, I was not allowed to read the rest of this article. My son has Graves disease, so I am very interested.

    • Krykrykry

      Me, either

  2. [email protected]

    Low Vit. D level may be one piece of a complicated puzzle, but don’t overlook the Leaky Gut component, besides an inherited defect, vaccines, stress/hormones, MSG, deep fried/nitrates foods, dairy, wheat sensitivities, chemicals, food preservatives – all can create the “perfect storm” in an individual.

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