What Causes Graves Disease To Develop?

Many people want to know what causes Graves Disease to develop.  There is no specific answer to this, as there can be different factors which can lead to the development of this autoimmune hyperthyroid condition.

The following are some of the factors which causes Graves’ Disease to develop:

1. Genetics. Although genetics isn’t the most important factor when it comes to the development of Graves’ Disease, it definitely is a factor. What’s important to understand is that just having a genetic marker doesn’t mean that someone will develop Graves’ Disease, or any other autoimmune condition for that matter. The other three factors I will discuss in this article can potentially trigger the development of a condition such as Graves’ Disease in someone with a genetic marker.

2. Stress. I’m pretty sure that stress was one of the primary factors which caused my Graves’ Disease condition to develop. While the exact mechanism isn’t known, I know I’m not alone, as I have consulted with numerous patients who thought that stress was the main factor which led to their condition. This doesn’t mean that stress was the sole factor in these cases, but it definitely does seem to be a big factor in many cases of Graves’ Disease. As a result, those people with this condition who are looking to restore their health back to normal will need to improve their stress handling skills.

Although you won’t be able to completely eliminate the stress from your life, you can do a better job of handling the stress. There are numerous techniques out there to better handle your stress, including yoga, deep breathing, tai chi, biofeedback. But not everyone needs a special technique to manage their stress. As for myself, just being more aware of the effects stress can have on the body, along with eating well and exercising did wonders for my stress. On the other hand, some people do need extra help in managing their stress.

3. Nutritional Deficiencies. There is no specific vitamin or mineral whose deficiency will lead to Graves’ Disease. Yet, it seems that certain nutritional and/or mineral deficiencies can at least be a contributing factor in the development of this condition. Here are some of the common vitamin and mineral deficiencies in people with Graves’ Disease:

Vitamin D. Vitamin D is very important when it comes to the health of the immune system. Therefore, anyone with an autoimmune condition such as Graves’ Disease will want to make sure they are not deficient. Although the sun is the best source of Vitamin D, those with a deficiency will probably need to supplement with Vitamin D3.

Iodine. Many healthcare professionals tell their patients with hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease to avoid iodine. However, many people with hyperthyroid conditions are iodine deficient, and actually need to supplement with iodine. Of course the person should be tested first before taking iodine. There are numerous ways of doing this, and I find the iodine loading test to be the most accurate method.

Copper. This is another common mineral in which people with hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease are deficient in. However, some people also have a copper toxicity problem, and so one shouldn’t just randomly take copper without first testing for a deficiency.

Selenium. Selenium is not only important for thyroid function, but is also important for immunity. As a result, anyone with Graves’ Disease wants to make sure they have sufficient levels of selenium.

These are just a few of the more common deficiencies people with Graves’ Disease have. Of course I would recommend consulting with a competent holistic doctor to determine which deficiencies you have.

4. Environmental Toxins. Exposure to certain environmental toxins can also trigger the development of Graves’ Disease. While you can’t possibly avoid all of the environmental toxins out there, you can minimize your exposure by being careful about what you bring into your own home. Most people overlook the impact of the chemicals from the household cleaners and cosmetics they use. But most of these products can be replaced with natural products which don’t have a negative impact on our health.

In summary, for those who want to know “What Causes Graves Disease To Develop?”, there isn’t a specific answer to this. There are numerous factors which can lead to the development of this condition. So for those people with Graves’ Disease who are looking to restore their health naturally, one needs to focus on the factors I discussed above. Obviously one can’t do much about the genetic component, but one CAN control the other factors to some extent, which will help greatly in your recovery.