If you suffer from early-stage memory loss, known as “mild cognitive impairment” (MCI), it does not necessarily mean that you will develop dementia. However, it may be helpful to undergo a neurological exam that determines how well your brain and nervous system are functioning. If these tests determine that you are suffering from conditions that can cause memory loss, such as poor sleep, depression and stress, hypothyroidism, or vitamin deficiencies (especially B1 and B12), you can be treated for these disorders. A physician can also determine whether you are taking a medication that affects brain function, such as antihistamines or pain relievers. While there is no cure for dementia, cholinesterase inhibitor drugs may help with memory loss and confusion. While mild cognitive impairment increases the risk of developing dementia, an estimated 40 to 70 percent of people with early memory loss do not progress to dementia within ten years.
If you have questions about any medications you are taking, any of our friendly local pharmacists would be happy to help. We work with customers, physicians, and other health practitioners on the selection, dosages, interactions, and side effects of medications, as well as monitor the health and progress of to ensure that medications are used safely and effectively. If you would like to stock up on your B1 and B12 vitamins, check out our Mason Vitamin Line at all 12 retail locations.