Alzheimer’s Prevention and Antidepressants: An Unlikely Connection
As reported in the Wall Street Journal’s health blog, new studies presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference claim that Alzheimer’s may be preventable with the help of antidepressant drugs. According to researchers, mice that were given antidepressants over a 24-hour period had lower levels of amyloid in their brain as compared to the mice that did not receive the antidepressants. Amyloid is the substance thought to contribute to the disease.
Alzheimer’s is not caused by low levels of antidepressants in the body. They also have serious and deadly side effects that can put an individual at risk of developing other serious illnesses.
Additionally, many of the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s are very similar to those of hypothyroidism including memory loss, brain fog, and changes in mood. Just ask Terri Jaggers, who at a young age was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease before learning that her symptoms were actually a result of hormonal imbalance.
Before asking your doctor for a prescription for antidepressants, identify if hormonal imbalance is the root cause. We recommend balancing your hormones naturally through bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to relieve the signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalance, such as memory loss and brain fog.
To find out if you may have symptoms of hormonal imbalance, test yourself through one of our online quizzes.