People with thyroid issues often experience “brain fog.” That is not a clinical term, but it is equivalent to short-term memory loss. Everyone forgets why they went upstairs or entered a room once in a while, but a person with brain fog frequently experiences this condition. It is a common symptom of thyroid imbalance, specifically hypothyroidism, or low thyroid levels.
This imbalance affects the brain and causes brain cell degeneration. Fortunately, bioidentical thyroid hormone replacement therapy can banish brain fog and restore your mental clarity and general well-being.
Brain Fog Examples
Brain fog means different things to different people, but examples of this disorder include:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Mixing up words
- Asking a question again after receiving an answer
- Routine tasks taking more time
- Trouble following conversations
People dealing with brain fog may become embarrassed, anxious or depressed over their situation. Some fear they are “losing their minds,” but the culprit is often their thyroid glands.
The butterfly-shaped thyroid gland, located in the neck beneath the voice box and in front of the windpipe, is responsible for regulating most of the body’s metabolism.
The thyroid produces the hormones triiodothyronine, or T3, and thyroxine, or T4. When the thyroid is out of whack, all kinds of physical problems ensue.
Although anyone can develop hypothyroidism, it appears most often in women age 60 and up. Brain fog is one of the earliest symptoms of underactive thyroid, so it is important to have thyroid levels checked as soon as the issue becomes a problem. Other symptoms of hypothyroidism include:
- Aching muscles
- Cold sensitivity
- Dry skin
- Hair loss
- High cholesterol
- Puffiness, especially in the face
- Weight gain
Many people may chalk their symptoms up to age, but many of these symptoms have nothing to do with the natural aging process. Without treatment, symptoms continue to worsen, and memory loss becomes more apparent. Diagnosis consists primarily of a simple blood test.
Bioidentical Thyroid Hormone Therapy vs. Synthetic Hormones
Synthetic thyroid hormone therapy consists primarily of T4, even though T3 is the more important of the two hormones for metabolic purposes. Synthetic hormones are usually taken once a day on an empty stomach.
Bioidentical thyroid hormones are sourced from animal products. They have a long history – over a century – of safety and efficacy. The T3 and T4 are properly balanced in these natural hormones, and because T3 does not stay in the system as long, bioidentical hormones are taken twice daily.
Patients feel better more quickly when using bioidentical thyroid hormones, and the short-term memory problems of brain fog improve.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy offers a holistic approach to thyroid problems. Beyond monitoring the patient’s thyroid levels, the doctor recommends a diet and exercise program, as well as nutritional supplements, so all aspects of the individual’s health are addressed.
Contact Dr. Jacobson Today
If you have been diagnosed with or have symptoms of thyroid imbalance and would like to know more about bioidentical hormone therapy, call Dr. Edward Jacobson’s office today to arrange a consultation.