Articles — Graves' disease
What is the link between autoimmune thyroid disease & COVID-19
As millions of people worldwide have been afflicted by COVID-19, physicians and the public have wondered whether this viral infection could trigger or exacerbate thyroid disease and whether people with thyroid conditions are more vulnerable to this viral infection and whether they are less likely to fight the infection
The vitiligo thyroid connection
Vitiligo is a skin condition characterized by a loss of pigment in some areas of the skin. It can be limited to a certain area or more widespread. It is an autoimmune condition like Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and Graves’ disease. Even though patients with vitiligo have a genetic predisposition, environmental factors might be triggers or activating factors of the condition. Vitiligo affects roughly 1% of the population. Research has shown that patients suffering from vitiligo are more likely to have a concomitant autoimmune thyroid disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or Graves’ disease, as well as other autoimmune disorders including type I...
Comparison of therapies for treating Graves’ Disease
Graves’ Disease is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism in the United States. The management of hyperthyroidism is important because if left untreated, the effects result in low quality of life and can be detrimental to one’s health. There are 3 forms of treatment available for hyperthyroidism. Each treatment has advantages and disadvantages. The first form of treatment is radioactive iodine (RAI). This therapy targets the thyroid gland with radioactive iodine, causing the shrinkage and destruction of the gland. In some cases, if destruction of the gland results in hypothyroidism, thyroid hormone replacement therapy is needed to restore euthyroidism. There...
The thyroid and heart connection
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. With thyroid disease on the rise, more and more Americans suffering from fatigue, depression, anxiety, sluggishness, and stubborn weight gain are asking themselves “Could it be my thyroid?” Although they may not always be right, it would certainly not hurt to get it checked as thyroid disease is so underdiagnosed and misunderstood. Knowing this, I feel it would be of tremendous value to present research-backed information on the thyroid and heart connection. Being aware of your health risks is...