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The most common cause of hyperthyroidism (also known as overactive thyroid) in the United States is Graves' disease. However, this condition can also affect other areas of the body, including the eyes (known as ophthalmopathy) and occasionally the skin (known as dermopathy).
Graves' disease is an autoimmune disorder that affects 2 percent of all women at some point in their lives, most commonly between the ages of 20 and 40. Males, children, and the elderly can also be affected.
Common symptoms of Graves' disease include:
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Fatigue
  • Increased sweating
  • Intolerance for heat.
If you have been diagnosed with Graves' disease, your choices for treatment will depend on your specific situation. Some of the treatments available for this condition include:
  • Surgery
  • Medication
  • Radioiodine therapy.
(For more information, including a discussion on risk factors, click Graves' Disease.)
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