Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

Can Graves' Disease be Passed On?

Medical researches on Graves' disease prove that it is linked with heredity. There is a risk of having Graves' disease in case a person has a family history of the same. Thus, Graves' disease has a chance to be passed on to the future generations.

What Are The Risks That Make A Person Susceptible to Graves' Disease?

As mentioned earlier, genetics is one of the major risk factors that can contribute to Graves' disease in a patient. There are various other factors that play an important role in bringing Graves' disease in a person. They include-

Autoimmune Diseases: It is seen that people having other forms of autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis suffer from a risk of having Graves' disease.

Infections: Researches related to Graves' disease reveal that some form of infection in the patient's body may play a vital role in the development of Graves' disease.

Sex: Among the males and females, it is seen that females are more susceptible to have Graves' disease than males. This again is proved by researches on such topics which prove that sex hormones play a vital role as one of the risk factors of the disease.

Pregnancy: It is seen that at times, Graves' disease is triggered by pregnancy among women. A research study had a vast percentage of women with Graves' disease who were apparently pregnant.

Smoking: If a person has a habit of smoking, that may act as trigger contributing to Graves' disease.

Stress: If a patient is under extreme physical or emotional stress, that may be a contributing factor of Graves' disease.

What Kind Of Diet Should Be Taken During Graves' Disease?

With research and practice it is seen that a diet which is essentially gluten free helps in the treatment method of Graves' disease. A combination of Gluten free diet along with medications is the best treatment procedure of Graves' disease.

  • Gluten free diet works towards better absorption of medications so prescribed in Graves' disease.
  • Such form of diet is known to absorb the nutrients better than other forms of diet.
  • A diet which is gluten free is also known to keep the working of the gut proper, thereby maintaining proper functions in the body.
  • Such diet keeps the problems of thyroid gland inflammation at bar.

How is Graves ' Disease Usually Diagnosed?

The doctor may ask the patient to go for a number of tests in order to rule out other problems and confirm the presence of Graves' disease. They include
Blood tests are the most common form of test for the diagnosis of Graves' disease. A sample of blood is taken from the patient's body to measure the amount of hormone levels in the blood. The doctor may ask to measure the levels of various hormones secreted by the thyroid gland.

  • Out of many hormones secreted, if the doctor finds the level of one of the hormones called TSH to be less, he may want to check the levels of other hormones called the T3 and T4 through blood test.
  • The doctor may ask the patient to go for few scans after the results of the blood tests come. These scans are completely non-invasive and may use some amount of radioactive waves to understand the root cause of the problem.

Conclusion

Apart from the hereditary factors, there are various environmental factors too that are known to contribute to Graves' disease to a person. One must be caution about the diet he has in Graves' disease. It has been seen that gluten free diet works best for people with Graves' disease. It should be remembered that Graves' disease is a treatable disease and thus it is important to visit a doctor of the patient has certain symptoms similar to that of Graves' disease.

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Pramod Kerkar

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, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: May 24, 2018

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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