Yes. Hypothyroidism resulting from the autoimmune disease Hashimoto’s thyroiditis does run in families. Additionally, a family history of autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis (chronic inflammation of the joints in the hands and feet), pernicious anemia (low red blood cells), type 1 diabetes, lupus or other autoimmune diseases increases the risk of hypothyroidism in offspring. Complete a family tree to help your doctor determine your risk for hypothyroidism.

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