Researchers have found a significant relationship between Hashimoto’s and an increase in risk of developing Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, accelerated brain degeneration is one of the most severe consequences of poorly managed Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism!
Some of the most common symptoms of early brain degeneration are identical to hypothyroid symptoms, such as depression, fatigue, brain fog, and memory loss. Patients of thyroid conditions may also experience neurological symptoms such as vertigo, loss of balance, and numbness/tingling in different parts of the body.
- Low thyroid function can attribute to brain degeneration and could be due to:
- Increased brain inflammation
- Altered brain chemical function
- Promotion of brain autoimmunity
- Loss of blood-brain barrier integrity (Leaky Brain)
- Brain ischemia (lack of blood flow and oxygen to the brain)
- Increased protein aggregation (a clumping of proteins in the brain)
As stated above, patients with Hashimoto’s also have a greater risk for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. If you are a thyroid patient, schedule a Wellness Consultation with us as soon as possible to discuss your next steps in taking care of your body. Learn the early symptoms of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s and what you can do to lower your risks and improving your brain health.