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Memory Loss and Thyroid Function

Every cell in the body, including cells in the brain, contains receptors for thyroid hormones. Thyroid hormones can stimulate and change the structure of particular regions of the brain, such as the hippocampus, the area primarily responsible for learning and memory.1,2 They also modulate enzymes that regulate the metabolic rate of brain cells.

Temporary memory loss is a classic symptom of hypothyroidism, a condition arising from inadequate production of hormones by the thyroid gland, or from decreased peripheral conversion of the thyroid hormone thyroxin (T4) into triiodothyronine (T3) in the kidney or the liver.

Fortunately, memory loss caused by thyroid hormone imbalances can often be effectively treated. As a recent case study illustrates, proper diagnostic testing is crucial, because memory loss may be the only symptom of thyroid insufficiency, and may occur without any other physical signs of thyroid imbalance.3

Even sublinical thyroid imbalances can affect mental ability. Evidence indicates that as levels of thyroid hormone thyroxin decrease, cognitive function generally declines.4 Researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden found that levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) correlate with episodic memory performance in healthy men and women over the age of 75 years old.5 They speculated that TSH may actually help the brain encode and store memory. Another study reported that memory loss was the only cognitive symptom of subclinical hypothyroidism in a group of female patients with goiter, and was effectively alleviated with thyroid hormone treatment.6

For these reasons, optimizing thyroid function is considered an important tool for anti-aging therapies designed to safeguard memory and cognitive function.7

The Comprehensive Thyroid Assessment is a thorough analysis of central and periphery thyroid secretion and metabolism, and can identify both overt and subclinical imbalances that may be affecting memory loss in patients.

References:
1 Gould E, Wooley CS, McEwen BS. The hippocampal formation: morphological changes induced by thryoid, gonadal and adrenal hormones. Psychoneuroendocrinol 1991;16(1-3):67-84.

2 McEwen BS. Stress and hippocampal plasticity. Ann Rev Neurosci 1999;22:105-22.

3 Boillet D, Szoke A. Psychiatric manifestations as the only clinical sign of hypothyroidism. Apropos of a case. [French] Encephale 1998;24(1):65-8.

4 Prinz PN, Scanlan JM, Vialiano PP, Moe KE, Borson S, Toivola B, Merriuam GR, Larsen LH, Reed HL. Thyroid hormones: Positive relationships with cognition in healthy, euthyroid older men. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 1999;54(3):M111-6.

5 Wahlin A, Wahlin TB, Small BJ, Backman L. Influences of thyroid stimulating hormone on cognitive functioning in very old age. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci 1998;53(4):P234-9.

6 Baldinia IM, Vita A, Mauri MC, Amodei V, Carrisi M, Bravin S, Cantalamessa L. Psychopathological and cognitive features in subclinical hypothyroidism. Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry 1997;21(6):925-35.

7 Nolan KA, Blass JP. Preventing cognitive decline. Clin Geriatr Med 1992;8(1):19-34.

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