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Your Brain: Is Low Thyroid a Factor?

We continue this month with our series on why your brain might not be functioning the way you feel it should.

Hypothyroidism, or an underfunctioning thyroid gland (commonly called low thyroid), is often overlooked by doctors as a cause of poor memory. It’s neglected because many physicians rely solely on a not-very-good blood test to confirm or reject a diagnosis of low thyroid.

Your Brain: Could Prescription Drugs Be Affecting It?

Like low thyroid, prescription medication is an often missed cause of memory problems.

The eight-pound Physicians’ Desk Reference (PDR), which describes all prescription drugs in meticulous detail, is basically a compendium of side effects.

Your Brain: It Could Be Low Serotonin

Serotonin is one of the brain’s neurotransmitters–molecules that allow brain cells to talk to each other. Sad to report that serotonin levels either decline or become less efficient with age. This is because estrogen, in its own inevitable decline, is linked to serotonin like the front car of a two-car roller coaster.