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Health Tip: Learn the Symptoms of Graves' Disease

(HealthDay News) -- Graves' disease is an autoimmune disease that causes hyperthyroidism, the medical term for an overactive thyroid gland.

Most often, it affects women aged 20 to 40. It can be treated, avoiding potentially deadly complications.

The National Women's Health Information Center offers this list of common Graves' disease symptoms:

  • Insomnia and fatigue
  • Difficult conceiving a baby
  • Frequent bowel movements
  • Irritability
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Sensitivity to heat
  • Increased sweating
  • Muscle weakness
  • Changes in vision or bulging eyes
  • Lighter menstrual flow
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Shaky hands

-- Diana Kohnle

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