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Graves disease

Graves' disease an autoimmune thyroid disease affects millions of people worldwide. Discover the symptoms, the latest diagnostic methods and the different treatment options.

What is Graves disease

Graves' disease is an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid gland, a small gland found in the throat that regulates metabolism. In Graves' disease, the immune system produces antibodies called thyroid-stimulating immunoglobulins (TSI). These antibodies bind to the thyroid cells and stimulate them to produce and secrete too much of the thyroid hormones triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). Increased production of thyroid hormones leads to an overactive thyroid gland, which can affect the body's various functions and organs.

Causes of Graves' disease

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  • Aging: A natural decline in testosterone production occurs with age. This age-related decline can be a common cause of testosterone deficiency in older men.

  • Medical conditions: Certain medical conditions such as hypogonadism, testicular or pituitary problems can lead to to low testosterone levels.

  • Lifestyle and diet: Insufficient sleep or an unhealthy diet as well as excessive alcohol consumption and lack of exercise can negatively affect testosterone levels.

  • Obesity: Obesity can increase the conversion of testosterone to estrogen resulting in a decrease in available testosterone in the body.

Symptoms of Graves' disease

Some of the common symptoms of Graves' disease include:

  • Weight loss: Despite normal or increased appetite, people with Graves' disease may experience unintended weight loss.

  • Increased heart rate: Thyroid hormones affect the heart and can lead to increased heart rate and palpitations.

  • Nervousness and anxiety: Overactive thyroid can affect the nervous system and lead to feelings of nervousness and anxiety.

  • Excessive sweating: An increased metabolism can cause increased sweating.

  • Eye problems (ophthalmopathy): Graves' disease can also be associated with eye problems, such as bulging eyes, redness and increased sensitivity to light.

  • Fatigue: Despite increased activity and weight loss, people with Graves' disease may also feel tired .

Treatment of Graves' disease

The treatment of Graves' disease usually aims to normalize the overproduction of thyroid hormone and to reduce the symptoms. There are several treatment options available and the choice of treatment may depend on individual factors and the severity of the disease.

Here are some common treatment methods:

Drugs:

  • Antithyroid drugs: Drugs such as methimazole or propylthiouracil used to inhibit the thyroid gland's production of hormones. These drugs can help normalize thyroid function. The dose is often adjusted over time, and treatment may last for a period of months or years.

  • Beta blockers: These drugs, such as propranolol, can be used to relieve palpitations and other symptoms related to an overactive thyroid gland.

Radioactive iodine treatment:

  • Radioactive iodine is given usually in the form of a capsule or solution. It is taken orally and absorbed by the thyroid gland, where it reduces overactivity by destroying parts of the thyroid tissue. This treatment can lead to an underactive thyroid over time, requiring lifelong thyroid hormone supplementation.

Surgery (thyroidectomy):

  • Another possibility is to remove part or all of the thyroid gland through a surgical procedure. This is sometimes done if other treatment options are not suitable or if there are concerns about cancer.

Blood tests when diagnosing Graves' Disease

To diagnose Graves' disease, thyroid markers such as TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone), T3 (Triiodothyronine), and T4 (Thyroxine) are analyzed, which are usually low and high respectively in this condition. In addition, TRAK (TSH receptor antibodies) are measured, which are specific for Graves' disease and indicate the presence of autoantibodies that stimulate the thyroid gland. These tests are critical in establishing the diagnosis and understanding thyroid function. If Graves' disease is suspected, the following thyroid test. is recommended.

Related tests and health checks

Hormone tests

Hormone tests


  • Measures your levels of free T3 (triiodothyronine).
  • Get insight into your thyroid status.
  • Detects disturbance in your thyroid hormones
  • Indication of hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism.

89 kr

FT4
  • Measures your value of T4 (Free Thyroxine).
  • Thyroid test for analysis of hormone production.
  • Indication for disturbance of thyroid hormone.
  • Blood tests for general health and fitness.

119 kr

TPO
Thyroid test TPO

TPO antibodies

  • TPO antibody test (autoantibodies).
  • Analysis of thyroperoxidase antibodies.
  • Identifies any thyroid problems.
  • Recommended together with TSH.

279 kr

TRA
Thyroid test TRAK

TRAK

  • TRAK antibody test.
  • Analysis of thyroid stimulating hormone receptor.
  • Identifies any thyroid problems.
  • Recommended together with TSH.

379 kr

TSH test
Thyroid test TSH

TSH test

  • Measuring your TSH value.
  • Thyroid test for analysis of thyroid stimulants.
  • Indication of thyroid diseases.
  • Thyroid tests for general health and fitness.

95 kr

Health checks

Health checks


Thyroid test plus
Thyroid hormone test - Extended

Thyroid test plus

  • Measures your levels of the thyroid hormones T3, T4 and TSH.
  • Analysis of TPO antibodies (thyroperoxidase antibodies).
  • Analysis of TRAK thyroid-stimulating hormone receptor antibodies.

879 kr

Thyroid test
Thyroid hormone test

Thyroid test

  • Thyroid test that measures three different thyroid hormones.
  • Analysis of the thyroid hormones T3, T4 and TSH.
  • Gives you insight into a possible imbalance of your thyroid hormones.
  • Identifies whether you have an underactive or overactive thyroid.

349 kr