Sunday, August 5, 2018

Brain Health in Menopause

Brain Health in Menopause If you are over 40, maybe you can relate to walking into a room and wondering why you were there? Or running around looking for your keys and finding out they were in your hand the entire time? Or maybe you just can’t remember phone numbers or names as well as you used to? These are the moments that you wonder if it’s just normal aging or if you are literally losing your mind. As we enter menopause, it’s time to consider the steps we need to take to preserve our brain health and prevent cognitive decline. As we get older, some of us may be caring for parents who suffer from varying degrees of dementia or possibly Alzheimer’s disease. Losing our mental ability and function is the #1 fear we have in aging but does it have to be? Statistics show that 1 in 8 senior citizens develop Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). Is there something we are doing, or not doing, to preserve our brain health for ourselves and our families? In the last 5 years alone, the research around preserving our brain health has exploded in the functional medicine community. It is encouraging to know that we can be in control of our brain health by the way we live our lives: diet, nutrition and exercise. I encourage you to read Dr. Dale Bredeson’s book, The End of Alzheimer’s for the prevention of this type of brain decline. Neurotransmitters involved in overall brain health: • Serotonin– for happiness and joy • Dopamine – for experiencing pleasure, motivation • Acetylcholine– for learning and memory • GABA – for relaxation and calm, sleep Menopause As we enter peri-menopause, approximately 8-10 years prior to menopause – or when menstrual cycles stop- our brains seem to change profoundly as we experience viscous mood swings that make us question our sanity! It is often treated as normal and ‘just a part of menopause’ but it’s not normal and we can do something about it. These changes in moods, depression & anxiety is caused from hormone-driven neurotransmitter imbalances, or our brain chemistry. Andropause As Men enter this phase of life called andropause, or male menopause, and hormone imbalance impacts neurotransmitters that creates the tired, ‘grumpy old man’ syndrome we associate as normal in middle age. We know that low testosterone causes depression in men but more importantly, it’s a sign of brain degeneration of the frontal lobe. Statin-drugs, are known to lower testosterone in men and also tend to drive the cholesterol below 150 which is also detrimental for brain health (SOURCE Women’s Hormone) For Your Health Interest healthcare nt sickcare Get Us IN +919766060629 App bit.ly/PRANAYA Web Lite App bit.ly/pranayaplus All material copyright healthcare nt sickcare. 2017 – 2018. Terms and conditions & Privacy Policy of use. The contents herein are for informational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Source: This article inspired from various online articles and own offline experiences. The content meant for public awareness and regular post to clientele of healthcare nt sickcare.
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