Welcome to the very first column on the topic of Nutritional Neuroscience. This is an exciting subject that we hope will educate, enlighten, and expand discussion and knowledge. What foods and nutritional products really can enhance our brain function? We will try to be as objective and scientific as possible regarding what will really help improve your brain performance. We will try to debunk myths and allow you to sort out fact from fiction. As you will also see, what is frequently delicious can also be nutritious!
Many people believe that getting older means losing you memory. Not true.
Normal aging does not mean memory loss. That being said, many older adults do experience memory loss. What does it mean? What can you do about it? Read on......
What causes memory loss?
Many life experiences can contribute to memory loss such as repeated head injury, exposure to significant percussion, exposure to toxic substances or prolonged exposure to loud noises that lead to hearing loss.
Many medical conditions can also contribute to memory loss such as diabetes, high blood pressure, difficulty with blood clotting, cardiac conditions such as irregular heart rates or heart attack, stroke, mini-strokes, alcoholism, vitamin deficiencies, depression or otherwise.
When memory loss is so severe it interferes with your ability to preform your normal daily activities it is called dementia.
What can you do about it?
The best and most important thing you can do regarding your memory is to get checked.
It's important to know if there is some undiagnosed medical issue contributing to memory loss and you should be checked to be sure this is not occurring.
You may need some tests to evaluate for these conditions and have you memory checked to see how you compare to others in your same age group, gender and level of education. Additional testing can be done to determine exactly what type of difficulties you are encountering on a day to day basis.
Who do I see if I am concerned?
Memory loss can be treated in many different way including anything from observation, nutritional counseling or supplementation, medications, rehab or involvement in clinical research trails. Dr. Morell will know which treatment is best fo YOU- everyone is different.
If you suspect you are having problems with you memory or if other who know you are telling you they notice problems, you need to be checked.
Don't wait.....contact the office today and we will schedule you an appointment with Dr. Morell to be evaluated.