Autoimmune Thyroid Disease is a genetic predisposition, which runs in families but can skip one or more generations and affects more women than men. When Autoimmune Disease is diagnosed, a patient can be affected with more than one symptom. Symptoms are known as particular branches of autoimmune disease. Several symptoms can be associated. Therefore a patient’s family members could be diagnosed with different symptoms of Autoimmune Disease; Thyroid (Hashimoto’s and/or Graves’ Disease) Lupus, Diabetes, Coeliac for example. Although there are many other symptoms that could be included.
It is easy to understand if you imagine a tree trunk as the autoimmune disease, with the branches of the tree symbolising the different disorders. Statistics show Autoimmune Thyroid Disease (Hashimoto’s and/or Graves' Disease) is increasing in Australia.
If a patient has a genetic predisposition towards autoimmune thyroid disease, it is very unusual to go from birth to death without something triggering this disorder. Triggers are usually caused by an illness which affects the immune system or a life stress.