I'm gonna post multiple questions instead of piling them all in here. My mother has recently told me to get a thyroid panel done. Specifically she said get my TSH and Free T4 tested. She says that my grandmother is on medication for hypothyroidism, my Aunt is also on medication for this and my mum has hypothyroid as well. She says that this is probably why my aunt and her have to eat next to nothing to lose weight. I have to agree that to lose weight I need to eat less than the 1200 calories a day (not that I have been much of a calorie tracker but this is how I feel) thing and I am overweight, so the bottom limit on 1200 calories always frustrated me.
1- is hypothyroid hereditary?
2- What should I ask my doctor for? How do you say I want to get thyroid tested the proper way? Do I have to specify exactly what I want? If so what do I ask for? From wikipedia I see that mainly testing is done for free T4 and TSH but you can also test for T3.
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on September 24, 2012
at 08:53 PM
It can be hereditary, but can be caused by other things as well. My grandmother and mother both had it, and I'm an apparently relatively rare male with the condition.
But even arguing that it's hereditary is complicated, since while one might have a genetic predisposition to it, genes need to be expressed to do their work. Lots of things stimulate or suppress gene expression.
As for the proper next steps, I suggest consulting this website:
This is a patient-grown online advocacy resource, and as such, has a pretty strong tone. But you will find a wealth of very good information there, both in terms of what to do next, and better understanding your situation, should you be diagnosed with hypothyroidism.