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Is hypothyroidism hereditary?

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Created September 24, 2012 at 5:36 PM

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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at 08:57 PM

Good point! Those other variables are just as likely. I was just kind of shocked and amazed that mine seemed to improve a lot with the removal of wheat, and then with the removal of vegetable oils as much as possible, my TSH dropped again to the point that there wasn't any point in taking meds any longer. And watching my mom improve so much in just a few months, I'm left wondering if my grandmother would have responded the same way.

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on September 24, 2012
at 08:47 PM

@Happy Now: true, but it's not "either" of those two. While it may include those two, don't forget these: history of hyperthyroidism, non-diet exposure to anti-thyroid compounds, cancer, and non-diet-related autoimmune disease, to name a few. There is more to health than diet (and heredity).

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on September 24, 2012
at 08:17 PM

I work better on carbs so I don't do VLC but I am trying to limit to <150 a day and have only been tracking it for a week. I have always had a terrible time with weight loss/fatigue so it should be interesting to see if I have any issues there. I'll get tests done this week.

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Many people have transient hypothyroidism, which doesn't require lifelong medication, but medication helps you function while you heal. Not eating enough meat, and eating wheat and vegetable oils seemed to be at the root of mine. I still needed the meds for about 2 years into paleo, but we had to keep dropping the dosage. I was on medication for about 5 years, and continue to get thyroid tests at each check up to make sure I'm still in range. My mom went paleo about 4 months ago and seems to have lost some of her symptoms as well (waiting on labs to see).

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on September 24, 2012
at 08:05 PM

This seems to be a hot topic around here. I've read that going to low on the cards can increase hypo. I've experiences some of the hypo symptoms and have slowly increased my carb intake over the last couple of weeks. It has helped. I try to get a minimum of 80g's per day.

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at 07:38 PM

So you made your hypothyroidism go away? Can you give more ifo please? When were you diagnosed, what tests you had done and how you cured it?

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It is either hereditary or the response to certain diets and their impact on thyroid is hereditary. My grandmother plus 2 of her sisters had it, I suspect my mom does/did until she changed her diet, and I did until I made some big changes to my diet too.

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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:

Stop the Thyroid Madness

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.

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