Antibodies in Graves’ disease explained
Since Graves’ disease is an autoimmune issue, let’s look at what is happening with the immune system and it’s antibodies.
The immune system can raise levels of antibodies in an attempt to protect the body from danger (like toxins found in a poor food supply or within the environment).
These antibodies act like the soldiers of the body fighting against anything in the body that seems unusual or dangerous.
In people with Graves’ disease antibodies cause the thyroid gland to produce excess thyroid hormones above and beyond what is necessary and healthy.
Inflammation and Allergens in Graves disease
Inflammation can partially be traced to an unhealthy gut “microbiota” that is caused by nutrient deficiencies, food allergies or sensitivities, which all raise autoimmune activity.
Allergens can contribute to leaky gut syndrome, in which small particles leak out into the bloodstream through tiny openings in the gut lining, triggering autoimmunity.
Graves’ disease is seven to eight times more common in women than men, especially women between ages 30 and 60.