Other factors that can increase your risk for Graves’ disease include:

  • Smoking, which also increases your risk for developing eye problems from the disease;
  • Pregnancy or recent childbirth;
  • Stress; and
  • Having an autoimmune disorder, such as rheumatoid arthritis or type 1 diabetes.

Image reproduced, with permission, from Raab EL, Basic and Clinical Science Course, Section 6, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2011-2012.

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