Graves’ Disease Causes

There are several factors that can put you at risk for developing Graves’ disease, including genetics

Doctors are still not entirely sure why some people develop Graves’ disease and others don’t. But they do know that genetics and environmental factors both play a role. The following can contribute to having Graves’ disease:

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Gender

Women are 7-8 times more likely to develop Graves’ disease than men.

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Age

Graves’ usually occurs in people who are between the ages of 30 and 50, but it can develop at any time.

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Family history

Graves’ disease can be passed down through families. So if an immediate family member, like your mom or dad, has Graves’ disease, chances are greater that you will develop it too.

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Genetics

There are certain genes that may be linked to the development of Graves’ disease, but only some have been identified.

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Medicines

Certain medicines that affect iodine levels are known to increase a person’s chances of developing Graves’ disease.

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Iodine levels

People with unstable iodine levels––meaning they have too much or too little––are more likely to develop Graves’ disease.

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Other autoimmune conditions

People with medical conditions, like type 1 diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis, can have an increased risk of developing Graves’ disease.