Having a strong family history of thyroid disease does increase your personal risk of developing thyroid disease in the future. Screening for thyroid dysfunction is fairly straightforward; the most sensitive test and the one that is used most often by doctors to diagnose over- or under-active thyroid disease is the blood test for TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone). If this test is normal, then your thyroid function should also be normal. If you have tested positive for anti-thyroid antibodies in the past, then you may be at an increased risk of developing thyroid dysfunction in the future, and you should be screened regularly for any changes in your TSH levels. If you want more information about your chances of developing thyroid disease, then you can ask for a referral to an endocrinologist
, a doctor
that specializes in gland disorders.