It is normal for adults to forget some details like someone’s name after meeting them. But do you notice that you are misplacing things, forgetting appointments or continually forgetting names or words? If so, it could indicate that there’s something else going on. Cognitive issues such as lack of mental clarity (or brain fog) is a sign that you might have hypothyroidism.

What Is Hypothyroidism?

The thyroid is small, butterfly shaped gland in the back of the neck. The thyroid produces hormones that regulate metabolism and energy production. Many organs and functions are controlled by the thyroid, “including the heart, brain, skin, bowels and body temperature.” If the thyroid is producing too many or too few hormones, the entire body can suffer. The American Thyroid Association defines hypothyroidism as “a condition where the thyroid gland is underactive and doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone.” Hypothyroidism can cause things such as a slow metabolism and fatigue.

Hypothyroidism Causes Brain Fog

The Mayo Clinic States “an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) can result in forgetfulness and other thinking problems.” Research by the American Thyroid Association has discovered some preliminary evidence about why this occurs. The study found “evidence that hypothyroidism in adults causes significant reduction in the volume of the right hippocampus. This could explain some of the memory deficits that have been observed in those with hypothyroidism.” The research concludes that “adults with hypothyroidism actually lose brain volume, particularly that in the hippocampus.” The hippocampus itself is where the brain forms, organizes and stores memories. The reduction in volume in this part of the brain can account for memory loss or brain fog.

If you are experiencing some level of memory loss or brain fog, it could be due to hypothyroidism. The good news is that hypothyroidism is a treatable disease. Come visit us at Complete Care Health Centers to check your thyroid levels and get the answers you need.