Graves’ Disease Examined

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Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disease where the Thyroid gland is overactive, thereby producing excessive Thyroid hormones. Some of the signs and symptoms of this is an enlarged thyroid, protrusion of eyes, lumpy, reddish skin of the lower legs, cardiovascular hypertension, hyperactivity and many more.

Treatment can be made depending on the various signs and symptoms depicted by the patient.

In a shocking study by the University of Buffalo, Vietnam War veterans exposed to Agent Orange, a herbicide used in the Vietnam War to defoliate forest areas, appear to have significantly more Graves’ disease.

Ajay Varanasi, an endocrinologist, together with colleagues at the University of Buffalo studied the database of New York veterans who were born between 1925 and 1953, an age group known to have been engaged in the military service during the Vietnam War. They assessed the prevalence of major thyroid diagnoses and found out that Graves’ disease was three times more common in the group.

Because of this study, Varanasi garnered first prize in the oral presentation category for research at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists held last April in Boston.

Further studies by the said group are being conducted to prove this fact with the use of vitro or animal models.

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