Hypothyroidism 101: Cognitive Decline. What did you have for Breakfast?
- 12 percent of the U.S. population will develop a thyroid condition during their lifetime.
- 20 million Americans currently have some form of thyroid disease.
- 60 percent of people with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition.
- Hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid, and untreated can cause memory loss or cognitive decline.
- If a person is concerned about lack of focus and signs of memory loss, they also should be aware of other symptoms associated with hypothyroidism.
- These include fatigue, weight gain, fluid retention, enlarged tongue with teeth indentations, cold intolerance, hair loss, dry skin, depression, joint pain, constipation, headaches, brittle fingernails, elevated cholesterol and enlarged thyroid gland.
- These symptoms often lead to the person thinking they might have the onset of Alzheimer’s or dementia.
- The best advice: Don’t rush to judgment. The symptoms might be related to low thyroid function.
- They experience “brain fog” that many individuals describe.
- Hypothyroidism is often associated with declines in general intelligence, visual-spatial skills and memory.
- Hypothyroidism is one of the most frequent causes of symptomatic dementia and is recognized as a cause of reversible dementia.
- Consultation with a physician, preferably an endocrinologist, is recommended to determine an accurate diagnosis.