Graves’ disease, also known as diffuse toxic goiter is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism. Researchers believe Graves’ disease is caused by an antibody which stimulates the thyroid too much. This overstimulation causes the excess production of thyroid hormone. Graves’ disease is categorized as an autoimmune disorder (a dysfunction of the body’s immune system). If you suffer from the disease or know of someone suffering from the disease, UCLA Health System is offering a free educational event.
The event will be held on Saturday, June 14th 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at:
RPB Auditorium, RPB Auditorium
100 Stein Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095
You should attend this event if you need answers to questions from healthcare professionals who have extensive experience in treating the disease. In addition, you will have the opportunity to meet others who have been diagnosed with these diseases and listen to them share their experience. Light refreshments will be served.
The guest speakers include:
Inder Chopra, MD from the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Hypertension, UCLA
Robert A. Goldberg, MD FACS from the Oculoplastics Division at the Jules Stein Eye Instute, UCLA
Catherine J. Hwang, MD from the Oculoplastics Division at the Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA
Daniel B. Rootman, MSc MD FRCSC from the Oculoplastics Division at the Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA
Patricia M. Jardack, MS, RDN from the UCLA Clinical and Translational Research Center
For questions or to R.S.V.P. (encouraged but not required) please contact Elaine Ngo at (310) 794‐1250
Hyperthyroidism refers to overactivity of the thyroid gland, resulting in too much thyroid hormone in the bloodstream. The oversecretion of thyroid hormones leads to overactivity of the body’s metabolism. The following are the most common symptoms and signs of hyperthyroidism. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include: nervousness; irritability; increased perspiration; thinning of the skin; fine, brittle hair; weak muscles, especially in the upper arms and thighs; shaky hands; fast heartbeat; high blood pressure; increased bowel movements; weight loss; sleeping difficulty; prominent eyes; sensitivity to bright light; confusion; irregular menstrual cycle; fatigue; and goiter (enlargement of the thyroid gland). The symptoms of hyperthyroidism may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your doctor for a diagnosis.