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Is Thyroid Problems Genetic
They can be: Most thyroid problems in the US are caused by auto-immunity, where the immune system misclassifies one or more thyroid proteins as foreign (not belong to that person) and makes antibodies that target the thyroid protein(s). Auto-immune thyroid disease often does run in families, although family member may have different manifestations - goiter, nodules, too little or too much thyroid hormone. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more
Rarely: There are rarely pure genetic causes for goiter, like in patients with pendred syndrome and other even more rare conditions. However, most of the time, goiter is the result of a disease process within the thyroid. Genetics probably plays a role in one's susceptibility to thyroid disease as it's common to see patients with thyroid disease who also have other family members with thyroid disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mom was insulin diabetic but no known thyroid issues. Is there a chance my 2 sisters could have thyroid problems or my 3 daughters like me? Genetic ?
Diabetes & thyroid: Unfortunately diabetes & thyroid disease can be genetic & one person can havE both coditions, the best way is to have you sisters & daughters go for annual physical exam & have them checked for both, unless they develop any symptoms , they should see their doctor ASAP. Good luck ...Read more
Possible: Autoimmune thyroiditis, the commonest being hashimoto's disease, does indeed have a strong genetic predisposition, more from the mom's side. Of course it will still depend on what type of thyroid problem your gm has. If you think you are experiencing symptoms of low thyroid such as hair loss, excessive fatigue, memory loss or cold intolerance, then please have your pcp check your thyroid levels. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Watch for symptoms: Autoimmune thyroid disease tends to be genetic, but it is not a sure thing. There is no way to prevent it, but if you are alert to the symptoms and get it treated promptly it should not interfere much with your lifestyle. ...Read more
In addition...: Other than functional problems, the thyroid gland can enlarge (a goiter) or form benign or malignant masses without having any impairment in function. In those cases, you can be asymptomatic other than feeling like something is stuck in your throat, throat tightness, or difficulty with swallowing. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It depends: It depends on what kind of thyroid problem you have. Too much or too little thyroid hormone can make people feel badly, and affect their work, relationships, and happiness. Nodules can grow and cause trouble swallowing, finding a comfortable position to sleep, or cause hoarseness. Cancerous nodules can grow and spread to other body parts. All of these are very treatable get checked! ...Read more
Under or over active: Hypothyroidism or underactive thyroid may present with loss of energy, fatigue, sluggishness, poor memory, weight gain, constipation, cold intolerance, doughy skin, etc. Hyperthyroidims or overactive thyroid may present with palpitations, racing pulse, tremors, anxiety, sweats, insomnia, weight loss, bulging eyes, heat intolerance, etc. Go see your family physician for simple blood test (tsh). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
You can have problems with they thyroid making too much or too little thyroid hormone. You can also have problems with it being too large (goiter) of having nodules or cysts in it. There are also occasional thyroid cancers. Most thyroid problems can be easily diagnosed and treated ...Read more
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