Graves' disease is an autoimmune disorder which enhances in the overproduction of thyroid hormones. It is also known as toxic diffuse goiter, in which thyroid gland produces excessive hormones. The symptoms of this disorder are diarrhea, weight loss, muscle weakness, heat intolerance, itching and insomnia.
Hyperthyroidism is treated with Surgery or Antithyroid medications or Radioactive iodine. This treatment is aimed at controlling the overactive thyroid. In some cases the disease disappears completely after several years or months. it is 4 to 8 times more common in women than men.
In Australia, in the age group of 51 to 60, some 107,000 women suffer from hypo- or hyperthyroidism. This represents some 11.25% of women in this age group. The overall result is that some 850,000 Australians can be expected to be suffering hypo- or hyperthyroidism.