Is a Bad Thyroid Hereditary
There is some evidence that suggests a bad thyroid is hereditary, but that evidence is not definitive. Specialists still need to understand more about the nature of thyroid conditions before they can establish whether the problem is genetic.
Why do many people suspect that there’s a genetic link between these conditions and family history? That’s something we aim to find out in this article.
All in the Family
This autoimmune disorder does have a tendency to show up in family groups. It’s not uncommon for several members of one family to have an underactive or overactive gland. However, this is not true in all cases, therefore; specialists cannot limit the problem to genetics.
An underactive or overactive gland isn’t the only problem. There are also diseases and infections that can cause imbalances within the gland itself. Two of the most common diseases are:
- Graves’ Disease
- Hashimoto Thyroiditis
These conditions do not typically affect the members of a particular family group. They seem to affect patients with certain immune vulnerabilities.
The nature of autoimmune conditions remains a bit mysterious. There are factors that link patients together, but they are not what you might think.
Finding Linking Factors
The two most common links that lead to thyroid conditions are:
- Post-menopausal hormone changes
Both of these factors seem to affect hormone production in the body. It is thought that the imbalances are due to focused biological transition stages within the body.
The depletion of your hormone supply can be due to your body’s tendency to divert nutrients to a developing baby or the natural decrease in hormone production that comes with age. Either way, it is possible to develop thyroid problems even if there is no family history of it.
Even so, specialists recommend that you tell your doctor about any family history of thyroid problems. It is wise to check the function of this gland on an annual basis and tracking changes that might be present. At this point, just because the problem runs in your family it does not mean that you will develop a thyroid condition or disease.
Telling a medical professional about the possibility just raises a flag so that they are aware of what fluctuations to look for and can consult your history if symptoms should arise.
As we find out more about autoimmune conditions and diseases, we may also discover the key to early detection and prevention of glandular imbalances like these. Keep in mind; the information you give your doctor could help another patient down the road. Even if you continue to be disease-free, your contribution can make a difference in the treatment of this problem.
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