Q & A EPISODE
Can Thyroid Hormone Imbalances Result in a Loss of Memory?
In my opinion, there’s no question that a thyroid hormone imbalance can be a factor in memory loss.
I’ve had many patients – both hyperthyroid and hypothyroid – come to my practice complaining of difficulty concentrating and memory loss. This type of dysfunction goes beyond the simple forgetfulness that comes as we get older, but the good news is that, in most cases, it’s temporary.
Today I’m sharing some research into the connection between thyroid imbalance and cognitive impairment, especially dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
During this episode, you’ll learn what research shows about:
- The relationship between thyroid disorders and cognitive impairment
- Cognitive consequences of hypothyroidism
- Treatments to reverse the negative cognitive effects of thyroid disorders
- The association between hypo- and hyperthyroidism and Alzheimer’s disease
- Whether there’s a cause-effect relationship between thyroid dysfunction and Alzheimer’s disease
- The role of inflammation in cognitive impairment
As always, I hope you found this episode valuable, and I look forward to catching you in the next episode!
Mentioned in this episode
- Bavarsad, Kowsar et al. “The effects of thyroid hormones on memory impairment and Alzheimer’s disease.” Journal of cellular physiology, 10.1002/jcp.28198. 24 Jan. 2019
- Chaalal, Amina et al. “Thyroid Hormone Supplementation Restores Spatial Memory, Hippocampal Markers of Neuroinflammation, Plasticity-Related Signaling Molecules, and β-Amyloid Peptide Load in Hypothyroid Rats.” Molecular neurobiology vol. 56,1 (2019): 722-735
- Tan, Zaldy S, and Ramachandran S Vasan. “Thyroid function and Alzheimer’s disease.” Journal of Alzheimer’s disease : JAD vol. 16,3 (2009): 503-7
- Ge, Feifei et al. “The Role of Thyroid Function in Alzheimer’s Disease.” Journal of Alzheimer’s disease : JAD vol. 83,4 (2021): 1553-1562
- Figueroa, Paulina Belén Sepulveda et al. “Association between thyroid function and Alzheimer’s disease: A systematic review.” Metabolic brain disease vol. 36,7 (2021): 1523-1543
- Gorelick, Philip B. “Role of inflammation in cognitive impairment: results of observational epidemiological studies and clinical trials.” Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences vol. 1207 (2010): 155-62
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