Nine causes of memory loss

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The loss of memory indicates a significant medical as well as personal problem. Cognate Nutritionals, makers of Fuel For Thought®, urges readers to learn what the causes of memory loss could be.

In the public’s mind, memory loss is most often associated with Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, older Americans have ranked developing Alzheimer’s and dementia as their number one fear. Memory loss certainly is one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s. But Alzheimer’s is only one of many possible causes of memory loss.

Memory loss can also be caused by:


The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) lists 10 medications whose side effects can include memory loss. These medications are: anti-anxiety drugs; statins (used to lower cholesterol); anti-seizure drugs; antidepressants; painkillers (narcotics); Parkinson’s medications; beta-blockers (hypertension drugs); sleep aids; incontinence medication; and first-generation antihistamines (both prescribed and over-the-counter).

Problem drinking

Studies have found that drinking too much can cause memory problems later in life. An article in the British newspaper, The Guardian, focused on one study done at the University of Exeter Medical School and published in the Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. The research showed that a history of problem drinking more than doubles the risk of developing severe memory impairment.

Sleep deprivation

Sleep provides more than physical rest for your body. Sleep is also important in the formation of memories. Your ability to retain and recall information may be significantly impaired if you do not sleep. While awake, your brain takes in information and stores it in your short-term memory. Transferring the information to your long-term memory for later recall is accomplished during sleep.


Studies have shown that there could be a link between diabetes complications and cognitive abilities, including memory loss. One such study, cited by an article in the New York Times, showed that in about 10 years, elderly men and women with type 2 diabetes had a greater decline in cognitive test scores, including tests of memory, than other people of the same age. Those who did not manage the disease well had the greatest decline.

Other medical conditions

Other conditions can also cause noticeable memory loss. The National Institute on Aging lists the following possible causes of memory loss:

  • depression
  • lack of sufficient vitamins or minerals in the diet
  • blood clot or tumor in the brain
  • thyroid, kidney, or liver problems
  • head injury


No matter the suspected cause of an impaired memory, an examination by a qualified medical doctor should be the first course of action. Whether it is short-term memory or long-term memory that is affected, the loss of memory is something that cannot be ignored.

Please let us know what kind of experiences you or your loved ones have had with memory loss by posting a comment.

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