An imbalance in hormone levels can contribute to several neurological conditions and can account for some associated symptoms such as memory loss.
Approximately 65% of people with dementia, are women. While their higher risk is not fully understood, it is thought that the change in hormone balance due to aging may be an important consideration in the onset of dementia, particularly indicating a tendency towards Alzheimer’s disease.
Hormonal testing at our center assesses the patient with dementia symptoms for age-related depletion of sex hormones. Following menopause, women experience a rapid loss of estrogen and progesterone. Similarly, men experience an age-related loss of testosterone, a condition known as androgen deficiency or hypogonadism.
Sex hormones have fundamental roles in cognitive and neural health. Treatment of hormonal/sex hormone deficiencies by hormone adjustment and balancing can be achieved through bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and is a potential therapeutic consideration in Alzheimer’s disease.
Hormones and memory loss
In women, estrogen regulates cortisol, a neurotransmitter responsible for chemical communications in the brain. Estrogen levels decline over time, especially during peri-menopause, and cortisol levels in the brain are not well regulated. What causes memory loss is this breakdown of chemical signaling. While this is a natural process of aging, women often report symptoms of depression, fatigue and insomnia.
Such memory lapses are common when hormones are out of balance and a hormonal evaluation at our center can help diagnose these issues. Our specialists provide treatment for sex hormone imbalances with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (HRT) along with recommendations for diet, supplements, exercise, and lifestyle adjustments.
In addition, our team has developed a memory assessment program to help diagnose a wide array of memory loss causes.