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It ia an autoimmune condition of thyroid gand .
(autoimmune means our immune system mistakenly starts attacking our own body tissues).
It causes overproduction of thyroid hormones from thyroid gland more in amounts than the body needs(hyperthyroidism).
Hormones released by the thyroid gland help keep the body's metabolism running at the right rate. The more hormones it releases, the more quickly metabolism runs.Hence graves disease speeds up the metabolism of body.
Untreated hyperthyroidism can lead to-
Bone loss after menopause raises a woman's risk for weak and fragile bones that fractures easily.
In during pregnancy it can leads to heart failure, pre-eclampsia(high blood pressure during pregnancy), prematue birth of baby, miscarriage or abruptio placenta(early detachment of placenta from uterine wall).
In fetus or baby it can cause some serious conditions such as- low birth weight, fast heart rate, stillbirth, any birth defect, thyroid dysfunction etc.