“Memory loss (also called amnesia) refers to an abnormal degree of forgetfulness, or reduced ability to recall past events or names. Memory loss may impact short- or long-term memory, have a sudden or gradual onset, and may be temporary or permanent. Recurring memory loss can make daily life extremely frustrating and stressful. If the memory loss is progressive, as in Alzheimer’s Disease, it may reflect deterioration of brain neurons that may eventually create a state of permanent confusion. Causes of either simple or serious memory loss may be illuminated in functional testing.” From Genova Diagnostics website, http://www.gdx.net.
Tests from Genova Diagnostics cover the following possible causes of memory loss: (the following are quotes from www.gdx.net.)
- Menopause: Declining levels of estrogen at menopause result in less protection of brain neurons that are most vulnerable to loss.
- Thyroid Function: Thyroid hormone imbalances can cause memory and cognitive deficits.
- Adrenal Hormones: Over-secretion of the stress hormone cortisol is linked to atrophy of brain cells involved with memory, whereas DHEA is protective.
- Fatty Acids: Adequate omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids appear crucial for healthy cognitive function.
- Oxidative Stress: Increased production of free radicals can damage important brain neurons at the crux of memory function.
- Heavy Metal Toxicity: Exposure to toxins such as mercury, cadmium, and aluminum can impair cognitive function and memory.
- Genetic Predisposition: Impairments in memory including risk of dementia is influenced in some cases by inherited traits.