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|Are you experiencing cognitive decline
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1. From time to time, I forget what day of the week it is.
2. Sometimes when I'm looking for something, I forget what
it is that I'm looking for.
3. My friends and family seem to think I'm more forgetful
now than I used to be.
4. Sometimes I forgot the names of my friends.
5. It's hard for me to add two-digit numbers without writing
6. I frequently miss appointments because I forget them.
7. I rarely feel energetic.
8. Small problems upset me more than they once did.
9. It's hard for me to concentrate for even an hour.
10. I often misplace my keys, and when I find them, I often
can't remember putting them there.
11. I frequently repeat myself.
12. Sometimes I get lost, even when I'm driving somewhere
I've been before.
13. I often forget the point I'm trying to make.
14. To feel mentally sharp, I depend upon caffeine.
15. It takes longer for me to learn things than it used to.
A growing number of medical practitioners now believe that
age-associated memory impairment and early-stage Alzheimer's
disease are often linked. Until as late as the mid-90s, most
researchers thought that age-associated memory impairment
and Alzheimer's were distinct, separate maladies. Very recently,
though, researchers at the Federal Alzheimer's Disease Research
Centers discovered that many people with age-associated memory
impairment soon develop Alzheimer's. Dr. Andy thinks that
the goal of Stress Management is brain longevity and it is
important to intervene in the earliest possible stages of
cognitive decline. It is much easier to prevent cognitive
decline than to reverse it.
Then, what is the cause of brain aging ? Just to say a few,
the stress you feel in daily life, hormonal disbalance, etc
and brain degeneration are some causes and they are linked
together. The adrenal hormones which have effects on human
body's function are important too. One of them is DHEA, which
has positive effect and another is the stress hormone, cortisol,
which has bad effects. If a person feels stressed, cortisol
is overproduced, it assaults brain functions. And thus turn
on the aging process of the brain and impair memory slowly.
There are three essential ways that stress destroys optimal
function of the brain, and blots out memory.
First, when cortisol is released in a stressful situation,
it inhibits the utilization of blood sugar by the brain's
primary memory center, the hippocampus. If there isn't enough
blood sugar in the hippocampus, it suffers an energy shortage,
and the brain has no way to chemically lay down a memory.
A person can experience an event, but have almost no recall
of it. This accounts for the immediate, short-term memory
deficit of people under stress.
Second, cortisol overproduction interferes with the function
of the brain's neurotransmitters. Thus, even if a memory has
been properly laid down in the past, it can no longer be easily
accessed. Brain cells just can't communicate with one another,
and the mind becomes muddled. It's why people often become
temporally befuddled in high-stress situations.
Third, too much cortisol kills brain cells. This happens when
cortisol disrupts normal brain cell metabolism, and causes
excessive amounts of calcium to enter brain cells. That excess
of calcium eventually produces molecules called free radicals,
which kill brain cells from within. Over long periods, excess
cortisol can kill billions of brain cells this way.
Perhaps, the `Fish story` below will clearly describes the
neurotoxic assault of cortisol. No journey is more dramatic
in the animal kingdom than that of salmon fighting their way
upstream to spawn. They battle the current, and leap past
dams and up waterfalls. Where do they get all this energy?
Mostly, they get it from cortisol, secreted by their adrenals.
At the time when salmon make this epic journey, their normal
control over cortisol production stops working, and they oversecrete
massive quantities of it. This overproduction exhausts their
adrenal glands and disrupts their metabolism. Just after they
spawn, they have enormous, swollen adrenal glands, and their
hormonal balance is completely destroyed. They have peptic
ulcers, their immune systems are degraded, they appear disoriented,
they have lesions on their kidneys, and they are easily overcome
by parasites and infections. They quickly die afterwards.
We can't think of it as just a story of salmon. Stressful
life , which lead to cortisol overproduction causes lack of
hormone balance, then destruct neurologic function. We need
to protect our body from stress in daily life. Dr. Andy is
providing consultation in Stress Management and Brain Longevitiy.
If you are interested in knowing more, feel free to call him
and make an appointment. Meanwhile, recall how many Trues
and Falses you have scored.
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