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Protect Your Memory by Ditching These 3 Types of Drugs

May 15th, 2015

Renew Woman™ offers memory-protecting alternatives to anti-depressants, sleeping pills, and statins.

When doctors don’t understand what happens in women’s bodies at perimenopause and menopause, they often end up prescribing prescription drugs to deal with issues like depression, insomnia, and high cholesterol. Unfortunately, some of these drugs can actually exacerbate another menopause symptom, namely memory loss.

Doesn’t this sound typical of the menopausal woman’s experience at a GP? She goes in seeking relief from one symptom, only to have another pop up. Fortunately, Renew Woman™ we offer a different approach. We restore balance to your hormones, which relieves all symptoms at once with no harmful side effects.

We strongly encourage you to schedule a consultation with a Renew Woman™ doctor to A) discover if your symptoms are caused by hormonal imbalance and B) learn how our treatment options can enable you to ditch the following 3 types of medications that can harm your memory.

Anti-Depressants

Some types of anti-depressants have a negative impact on levels of acetylcholine in the brain. Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter that plays a vital role in memory and learning. As you might expect, acetylcholine deficiency has been associated with forgetfulness and even Alzheimer’s. In fact, many Alzheimer’s drugs work by blocking the breakdown of acetylcholine.

If your depression has a hormonal cause, you could address it with hormone therapy instead of medication. Replacing estrogen can help boost your body’s ability to produce the mood-regulating neurotransmitter serotonin, and replacing progesterone can help lift your mood and improve anxiety.

Sleeping Pills

Memory loss is a fairly common side effect for sleeping pills. Problems can range from mild forgetfulness to more dramatic episodes of amnesia. To add insult to injury, many prescription medications aren’t actually providing quality sleep anyway. Instead, they place users in a state similar to being passed out drunk or in a coma, which bypasses the natural, restorative sleep state the brain actually needs.

Insomnia is a very common menopause symptom because so many different hormones are involved in healthy sleep that a slight shift in any one hormone at menopause can cause problems. Your Renew Woman™ doctor can work with you to pinpoint the cause of your insomnia, whether it be low estrogen, low progesterone, low testosterone, excess cortisol, or some combination of the above. Once your hormones have been balanced, you’ll be able to get the healthy sleep you need to support brain and memory function.

Statins

Statins are a class of drugs commonly prescribed to fight high levels of “bad” cholesterol, which would otherwise contribute to heart disease and other problems. Unfortunately, statins are bad for the brain. When statins block cholesterol in the blood, they also affect the cholesterol inside brain cells. Without adequate cholesterol to work with, brain cells can’t create the neurotransmitters they need to communicate with one another and all kinds of cognitive function, including memory, suffer.

If you are concerned about protecting your heart health as you age, you should think very carefully before taking statins. There are other ways to control “bad” cholesterol. Boosting your estrogen may be one of them–healthy estrogen levels have been shown to deliver many heart health benefits, including decreasing “bad” cholesterol, increasing “good” cholesterol, keeping your arteries flexible, and reducing homocysteine levels in the blood to reduce the risk of a heart attack.

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