The Hypothyroidism and Memory Loss Connection

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hypothyroidism and memory loss

Does this sound like you?
Have you experienced any or all of the following symptoms:

• Difficulty concentrating at work or performing basic tasks
• Trouble remembering people’s names or simple words
• Feeling like you’ve lost parts of your memory
• Wondering if you might have the onset of Alzheimer’s
• Feeling like you’re in a fog and state of confusion
• Decreased mental sharpness
• Unable to focus
• Short term memory loss
• Feeling depressed
• Feeling like you are losing your mind

Mental conditions are very common in thyroid disorders. Dr. Broda Barnes, author of “Hypothyroidism: The Unsuspected Illness,” reminds us that British studies demonstrated this connection even before the turn of the century.

Terri’s Story
“Although I had begun to notice some significant signs of memory loss 3 years ago, I dismissed them as stress related, until August of 2004. At that time, I wasn’t the only person to recognize my deteriorated memory; my husband, children, employees and mother all began expressing their concerns. I became scared that I was facing the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.”

– Terri Jaggers

Terri’s story is a prime example of someone who was suffering from memory loss due to hypothyroidism, but who was initially misdiagnosed by mainstream doctors with the onset of Alzheimer’s.  Memory loss affected Terri’s ability to work and run her business, to socialize with friends and family and to maintain relationships.  She had to cut back on work and outside activities.  She literally thought she was losing her mind and was scared of what life had in store for her.

Terri Jaggers

Click Here to Watch Terri’s Story

Other Clues That You Could Have Hypothyroidism
If you have concerns about your memory, ask yourself if you also have some of these symptoms:

• Loss of energy (malaise/fatigue)
• Difficulty losing weight
• Weight gain
• Fluid retention
• Enlarged tongue with teeth indentations
• Cold extremities and cold sensitivity
• Cold intolerance
• Hair loss
• Dry skin
• Brittle fingernails with ridging
• Low basal body temperature
• Elevated cholesterol and triglycerides
• Depression or mood swings
• Constipation
• Muscle pain and cramps
• Joint pain
• Tiredness after a full night’s sleep
• Recurrent and chronic infections
• Menstrual irregularities
• Headaches
• Enlarged thyroid gland

Why not find out first if hypothyroidism is causing your memory loss?
Don’t panic and rush to the assumption that you might have the onset of Alzheimer’s, because these symptoms could very well be caused by low thyroid function.   You owe it to yourself to find out if you have hypothyroidism first.

Take our health quiz that will help you discover if hypothyroidism could be the cause of your memory loss.



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