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Memory Loss in Men

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Introduction

Memory slips become more common as we age.  As the slips begin to increase, many of us begin to worry about their potential for dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.  These slips may, however, be nothing more than minor changes to your hormone levels or even your lifestyle.  There are obviously many causes of memory loss in both men and women.  A major cause, and one that should be ruled out is the decrease in essential hormones with aging.  Two of the most essential hormones that support the imprinting and recall of memories include testosterone and thyroid hormone.  Estrogen is also important in women.  Cortisol that becomes elevated with stress is also important.

Hormones that Influence Memories and Cognition

  • Testosterone
  • Estrogen
  • Thyroid Hormone
  • Cortisol

Causes of Memory Loss in Men

Here are some of the more common things that can cause memory loss:

Medications. A number of prescription and over-the-counter medications can interfere with or cause loss of memory. Possible culprits include: antidepressants, antihistamines, anti-anxiety medications, muscle relaxants, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, and pain medications given after surgery.

Alcohol, tobacco, or drug use. Excessive alcohol use has long been recognized as a cause of memory loss.

Smoking harms memory by reducing the amount of oxygen that gets to the brain. Studies have shown that people who smoke find it more difficult to put faces with names than do nonsmokers. Illegal drugs can change chemicals in the brain that can make it hard to recall memories.

Sleep deprivation. Both quantity and quality of sleep are important to memory. Getting too little sleep or waking frequently in the night can lead to fatigue, which interferes with the ability to consolidate and retrieve information.

Depression and stress. Being depressed can make it difficult to pay attention and focus, which can affect memory. Stress and anxiety can also get in the way of concentration. When you are tense and your mind is overstimulated or distracted, your ability to remember can suffer. Stress caused by an emotional trauma can also lead to memory loss.

Nutritional deficiency. Good nutrition including high-quality proteins and fats is important to proper brain function. Deficiencies in vitamin B1 and B12 specifically can affect memory.

Head injury. A severe hit to the head from a fall or automobile accident, for example can injure the brain and cause both short- and long-term memory loss. Memory may gradually improve over time.

Stroke. A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is stopped due to the blockage of a blood vessel to the brain or leakage of a vessel into the brain. Strokes often cause short-term memory loss. A person who has had a stroke may have vivid memories of childhood events but be unable to recall what he or she had for lunch.

Other Causes of Memory Loss

  • Alchohol
  • Depression
  • Medications
  • Lack of sleep

How Concerned Should You Be?

The mild memory loss that men experience at the onset of andropause is almost always reversible. However, if left unchecked, memory loss can become a bigger problem. Studies suggest that unhealthy hormone levels are a contributing factor to brain conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Memory Loss

Treatment For Memory Loss in Men

The mild memory loss that men experience at the onset of andropause is almost always reversible. However, if left unchecked, memory loss can become a bigger problem. Studies suggest that unhealthy hormone levels are a contributing factor to brain conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) has actually been used in the United States since 1938. Bio-identical Hormones are all natural plant based products made from yams and a small amount of soy. These hormones have the same molecular structure as the hormones produced within our own bodies. There are numerous studies worldwide that document the benefits and safety of BHRT. These studies also report a lower incidence of side effects when compared with prescription drugs. BHRT should not be confused with “synthetic hormones which are typically found in many creams, gels and injectables used for hormone replacement.

BHRT is a short, simple in-office procedure using local anesthesia. Your doctor will insert the pellets into the fatty layer just beneath your skin. In men and women, a small incision is made in the buttocks or in the lower abdomen. The process is painless and takes just a few minutes.

One of greatest advantages of pellet therapy is the low incidence of side effects. Although extremely rare, side effects may include: slight bruising, minor bleeding, infection or extrusion of the pellets.

Your doctor will interpret your blood tests and determine an appropriate dosage specifically designed for your body. Women who receive estrogen can feel significantly better in 24-36 hours. Men and women who receive testosterone will start to feel relief of symptoms in 10-14 days. After your pellet insertion, you should avoid vigorous exercise for a few days as directed by your physician. Your doctor will evaluate your hormone levels on an ongoing basis and monitor any future changes needed.

You can obtain BHRT Pellets by scheduling an appointment with a trained, certified physician who specializes in hormonal therapy. In order to obtain the correct dosage and proper placement of the pellets, the doctor should be knowledgeable and specifically trained in pellet therapy!
To find out if BHRT is the right solution for you, speak with an HTCA physician today!

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