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Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck, just above your collarbone. It is one of your endocrine glands, which make hormones. Thyroid hormones control the rate of many activities in your body. These include how fast you burn calories and how fast your heart beats. All of these activities are your body's metabolism. If your thyroid is too active, it makes more thyroid hormones than your body needs. This is called hyperthyroidism.

Hyperthyroidism is more common in women, people with other thyroid problems, and those over 60 years old. Grave's disease, an autoimmune disorder, is the most common cause. Other causes include thyroid nodules, thyroiditis, consuming too much iodine, and taking too much synthetic thyroid hormone.

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Illustration of the thyroid showing the parathyroid glands
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  1. Hyperthyroidism (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... thyroid problems, and those over 60 years old. Grave's disease, an autoimmune disorder, is the most common cause. ...
  2. Genetics Home Reference: Graves disease From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... gov Research studies OMIM Genetic disorder catalog Conditions > Graves disease On this page: Description Genetic changes Inheritance Diagnosis ... names Glossary definitions Reviewed July 2013 What is Graves disease? Graves disease is a condition that affects the ...
  3. Graves' Disease (Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health)  
    ... ePublications > Our ePublications > Graves' disease fact sheet ePublications Graves' disease fact sheet Print this fact sheet Graves' disease fact sheet (PDF, 495 KB) Related information ...
  4. Graves' Disease From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases) - PDF  
    ... Human Services NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH What is Gravesdisease? Gravesdisease, also known as toxic diffuse goiter, ... diagnosis more difficult. What are the symptoms of Gravesdisease? People with Gravesdisease may have common symptoms ...
  5. Graves' Disease (InteliHealth) (Harvard Medical School)  
    Diseases and Conditions 9339 Graves' disease Graves' Disease Graves' Disease htmGravesDisease Graves' disease is a disorder of the immune system that causes the thyroid gland to ...
  6. Graves disease is an autoimmune disorder that leads to overactivity of the thyroid gland ( hyperthyroidism ). An autoimmune disorder ... called hyperthyroidism. (An underactive thyroid leads to ... .) Graves disease is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism. It ...
  7. ClinicalTrials.gov: Graves Disease From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health)  
  8. Graves' Disease (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)  
  9. Graves disease is an autoimmune disorder that involves overactivity of the thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism). Hallmarks of the condition ...
  10. Hyperthyroidism From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases) - PDF  
    ... case, hyperthyroidism is due to too much TSH. GravesDisease Gravesdisease, also known as toxic diffuse goiter, ... endo-society.org Internet: www.endo-society.org GravesDisease and Thyroid Foundation P.O. Box 2793 Rancho ...
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