Cognitive decline is a broad term used to describe varying degrees of changes in memory, language, thinking, and judgment. It’s widely accepted that some cognitive changes are normal as we age. Recent research challenges the idea that memory loss, cognitive decline, and even Alzheimer’s disease are part of the aging process.
Many do not seek support when cognitive symptoms appear and assume their fate is determined. But Dr. Dale Bredesen, an internationally recognized expert in neurodegenerative diseases, states, “Science is telling us these mental health ailments are not just treatable, but preventable in the first place.”
And yes, balancing hormones is one of the key components of reversing cognitive decline. Dr. Bredesen continues, “Many hormones contribute crucially to optimal cognitive function, in particular by supporting synapse formation and maintenance, and when their levels drop, cognition declines.”
For example, thyroid function affects metabolic speed; it affects your heart rate and your mental sharpness. Most people with dementia, mild cognitive impairment, and subjective cognitive impairment have suboptimal thyroid health.
The brain is one of our heaviest organs weighing about three pounds. Think three cans of beans. It’s also one of the most oxygen-demanding organs and uses up to 30 percent of the body’s glucose supply to function.
According to Dr. David Perlmutter, “The human brain expends about 350% more energy than the brains of other anthropoids like gorillas, orangutans, and chimpanzees.” With no conscious effort, our brain runs our organs, blood vessels, glands, and other bodily functions. If we lose brain function due to accelerated degeneration, our entire body is at risk.
Datis Kharrazian, PhD, DHSc, DC, MS, writes, “From the minute we are born we are losing neurons and synapses. The older you are, the fewer neurons you have.” It may sound hopeless, especially if we’re facing symptoms of cognitive decline. But he adds, “…it is not just about the number of neurons you have, but how well they communicate with each other.”
Speaking of aging, brain plasticity is the ability of the brain to change throughout a person’s life and as we get older, we also have the potential to develop either greater neuron plasticity or greater neuronal degeneration. The goal and challenge is to change the chemical environment and stimulate our brains.
Fact: The gene ApoE4 is the strongest known genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, causing a person’s risk of Alzheimer’s to skyrocket.
Fact: Epigenetics allows us to turn off problematic genes. It’s the study of heritable changes in gene expression. Adopting healthful behaviors can turn off undesirable genes.
Knowledge is power. If you know what you’re dealing with, you can take steps to prevent problematic genes from being turned on or make changes to turn the gene off and reverse symptoms you may already have.
Do you have a family member who’s suffering from ADD, forgetfulness, dementia, or Alzheimer’s? Has it crossed your mind that this might be your future?
If you (or a loved one) have noticed a decline in brain function and it has become more difficult to remember or learn new things, a shift in the chemical environment in the brain can help to regain cognitive function.
There’s a prevalent assumption that our brains decline as we age and there’s nothing we can do about it. Research has proven this is not the case. It’s entirely possible to reverse cognitive decline. We can help you develop a plan to make the changes needed to nourish your brain back to health. And keep it there.
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