Aging and Memory Loss Do Not Have To Go Together

Does aging and memory loss go hand in hand?

Is it irreversible and something that we simply have to accept as we get older? The answer to both of these questions can be a Resounding NO for several reasons.

There is no doubt that as we age that everything in our body is slowing down somewhat, and this includes our minds and memories.

However, before you throw the towel in on a loved one or yourself, make absolutely sure there is not an underlying cause including several key nutrients.

Aging and Memory Loss and What is Normal

We have all forgotten things throughput the years, and yes, our minds will begin to slow down as we age.

However, we also have had relatives or friends that have lived in their 80’s and 90’s and their minds have still been very sharp.

My mother in law that we cared for the last 7 years of her life, until the last month or so, had a very sharp mind at 84 years old.

Our minds will go through modest declines, but before you get anxious about aging and memory loss, we need to make absolutely certain there is not an underlying cause.

If you suddenly cannot remember where you put your car keys or eyeglasses, it does not mean you are losing your mind or memory.

These types of changes are very manageable and before we think Dementia or worse yet, Alzheimer’s, let’s look at some facts.

There are several words that are thrown around society for several different conditions or situations, and they may have nothing at all to do with the condition.

For example, Dementia is technically a “broad term” that actually includes a set of symptoms, not just diminished memory.

It involves a lot more that forgetting something, it also involves reasoning, thinking skills and abilities, judgement, and possible language issues.

The True Signs of Dementia

Here are some of the true signs of Dementia and may have nothing at all to do with aging and memory loss.

They include the following:

  • Repeatedly asking the same question
  • Forgetting what you were talking about
  • Starting to say the wrong words
  • Becoming unfamiliar with simple everyday tasks
  • Putting things in the wrong place that make no sense
  • Becoming confused and lost in your own neighborhood
  • Sudden mood swings for no reason

These can and usually do become more and more serious if not treated, and in some cases, they can never be treated.

However, that does not mean the aging and memory loss will lead to this.

If it is indeed Dementia and or the beginning of Alzheimer’s disease, the following underlying conditions will have nothing at all to with anything.

However, do not put the “Dementia Umbrella” over any type of getting older and losing your memory.

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Potential Underlying Causes of Aging and Memory Loss

Instead, look a bit deeper to see if any of the following could be the actual underlying cause of aging and memory loss.

They include the following:

  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Low thyroid
  • Vitamin B deficiency
  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Metal toxicity

Metabolic syndrome is kind of like Dementia is one way; it is not by itself a single condition. It is, instead, a cluster of symptoms that include several things.

It includes being overweight, having high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, and low levels of your good cholesterol.

There had been several new studies that suggest as high of 25% of all people with metabolic syndrome are beginning to have memory issues for several reasons.

If you can change life style and correct the majority of these conditions, the loss of memory as we age, can be minimal.

Our thyroid basically controls our metabolism and supplies the energy to our body.

If it is slowing and very low, it affects our heart rate, energy levels, poor or slower memory, as well as difficulty in reasoning and thinking.

We have all heard the term “thyroid brain fog” and this is the reason why.

Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Next on the list of aging and memory loss underlying causes is a deficiency of B12.

Vitamin B12 is well known as the energy vitamin, but it is also critical in protecting and supporting your myelin sheath. This sheath allows for proper transmission of signals to your brain.

It is one of the most common vitamin deficiencies in seniors can easily trigger the symptoms of dementia and can also trigger mood swings for no reason.

Both of these are common signs of Dementia.

Next on this list of is a deficiency of Vitamin D.

There was a recent study by the University of Manchester in England that looked at the vitamin D levels in 3,100 men 40-79 years of age.

Those that showed low levels of vitamin D could not process information as quickly as those with normal levels. In the age group 60 and higher, the results were even worse.

The final possible link is some type metal toxicity.

Metal toxicity is more common then we may think and can be the result of your environment, the water supply, as well as several types of industrial hobbies.

The classic signs metal toxicity is confusion and memory issues, as well as nervous system issues.

Aging and memory loss do not always go hand in hand. Check these underlying issues first, especially the vitamin deficiencies which are easy to control.

References

http://drhyman.com/blog/2010/06/14/9-steps-to-reverse-dementia-and-memory-loss-as-you-age-2/

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