Hypothyroidism and your memory
Before writing them off as products of aging, it’s a good idea to make sure they’re not the result of an underactive thyroid. This tiny butterfly-shaped gland influences virtually every organ system in the body.
The hormones it secretes into the bloodstream play a vital role in regulating metabolism — the rate at which our bodies convert food and oxygen to energy. Low thyroid hormone production or hypothyroidism causes symptoms such as fatigue, constipation, dry skin and brittle nails, aches, pains and feeling down.
You might easily attribute hypothyroidism symptoms to other health problems. Moreover, hypothyroidism is especially common in women. Between ages of 35 and 65, about 13 percent of women are said to have an underactive thyroid and the proportion rises to 20 percent among those over 65.
Because the link between hypothyroidism symptoms and thyroid disease isn’t always obvious, especially in older people many women won’t know they have an underactive thyroid and won’t be treated for it.
Untreated hypothyroidism can increase your risk for high cholesterol, high blood
pressure and heart disease. That’s why it is important to keep an eye out for hypothyroidism symptoms and have your thyroid function checked.
Hypothyroidism can be diagnosed with a blood test and treated with a pill. Forgetting where you left your keys, having a name slip from your mind, struggling to concentrate can be part of frustrating brain fog or memory issues related to hypothyroidism.
Hypothyroidism tends to affect memory in many ways. For instance it can affect your ability to retain a particular information for a short period of time and at the same time it can also affect your ability to retain information for a longer period of time.
Nevertheless, your memory is affected terribly. One more feature that I observed in my patients was their ability to be organized. This particular disability can further exacerbate the situation.
How? It is clear that one’s memory has deteriorated while one has lost to be organized as well. Thus, failing to find a key left is more frustrating because the ability to be organized has also been lost.
While it’s a common practice that things misplaced are first searched at places where one usually keeps it, however, hypothyroidism leads to poor organization thus misplacing things is an obvious result.
Although, it’s a good news that we know how memory is affected in hypothyroidism. Therefore one can make some suggestions which can make a hypothyroid person better.
One can also do many things which will help keep problems away. Measures like staying organized, taking ones medication religiously, making notes for important information, maintaining a schedule and sticking to it can keep problems away.