Rapid Weight Loss

It's been observed that Graves' disease commonly presents in people (women in particular) after they have begun a rapid weight-loss program. The rapid weight loss from the diet can mask the symptoms of Graves', and even lead some physicians to suspect amphetamine abuse or an eating disorder. A theory (not confirmed) is that sudden changes in the metabolic rate, which can be brought on by starvation or rapid weight loss, may trigger autoimmune thyroid disease in people who have antithyroid antibodies.

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