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Thoughts on Memory Loss

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There are many causes of memory loss. As we age, we become more prone to having problems with remembering things. This can lead to a fear of developing dementia. But there is a big difference between becoming forgetful, and dementia.

Normal memory loss may cause some inconvenience and embarrassment, but does not get in the way of day to day functioning to any great degree. We may become slower to process information, but this is not the same thing as a breakdown in brain function.

Ironically, those who are most concerned about their diminishing power of recall are the ones with the least need to worry. A person moving into Alzheimer's or other form of dementia, may have the sense that something is not quite right but they are not aware of the changes in their cognitive ability. It is the people around them who will be noticing the impairment, not the individual actually experiencing this decline.

Aside from the problem that results from the normal aging process, there are many other causes for memory loss.

Diseases of many kinds can hinder one's ability to remember. Dementia such as Alzheimer's is one cause. One symptom of Parkinson's disease may be memory loss resulting from a genetic defect. This is also true of Down Syndrome. Huntington's, an inherited disease, may be accompanied by memory loss. Some types of mental illness, e.g., Dissociative Identity Disorder, may exhibit this problem with memory.

Traumatic brain injury, e.g., concussion, may alter one's capacity for recall. Nutritional deficiencies and depression may affect one's memory. Chronic diseases like diabetes and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can reduce the cognitive process. Central nervous system infections and inflammation of the brain, like encephalitis, also low blood sugar, or low estrogen in women, can all hinder the ability to remember.

Dietary changes can make a difference. Eating less sugar and less processed foods, and adding more protein and omega-3 fatty acids can help shore up our mental faculties. Drinking filtered water can eliminate toxic chemicals found in our water.

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Thank you for your input Anonymous!

December 25, 2009 - 11:22am
EmpowHER Guest

I've been researching how the ratio of Omega 3's to Omega 6's is the key to 'healthy fat' like salmon & fish oil capsules provide and found that grass fed beef, pork and chicken (and their eggs) have different fatty acid chains that feed lot raised meat does. The ratio of Omega 3's and Omega 6's are like that found in salmon & fish oil, without the mercury (salmon) or HUGE ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS PRODUCING fish oil capsules (one fish used exclusively for fish oil capsules is nearly extinct now, and only one corporation is doing the harvesting...beware Chesapeak Bay ecosystem foundation!) Flax seed oil capsules are a better choice for a supplement, but buying grass fed only meat is the healthiest by far! (and, at the price per pound, portions get real small real fast haha, even healthier!) And coconut oil, olive oil, and real butter is better than canola, margarine or any transfat.

December 25, 2009 - 8:19am
EmpowHER Guest

After thirteen years living with ME/CFS, I can't remember what the article I just read is about. Something about memory? I don't know...

December 25, 2009 - 5:40am
EmpowHER Guest

Fat in our diet affects memory, eat a low fat diet! Also we live in a world of technology today and have way to much information coming at us at once and people don't seem to take a break they go from phone, to text, to computer, to video games and many people are addicted and not getting enough sleep which can also affect memory. Eat a low fat diet, do yoga , get some sunshine, relaxation, and adequates amouts of sleep and your memory will get better.

December 24, 2009 - 7:25pm
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