Do Memory Problems Always Mean Alzheimer's Disease?
Many people worry about becoming forgetful. They think forgetfulness is the first sign of Alzheimer's disease. But not all people with memory problems have Alzheimer's. Other causes for memory problems can include aging, medical conditions, emotional problems, mild cognitive impairment, or another type of dementia. Age-Related Memory Changes Forgetfulness can be a normal part of aging. Memory Loss Related to Medical Conditions Certain medical conditions can cause serious memory problems. Tumors, blood clots, or infections in the brain Some thyroid, kidney, or liver disorders Drinking too much alcohol Head injury, such as a concussion from a fall or accident Medication side effects Not eating enough healthy foods, or too few vitamins and minerals in a person's body (like vitamin B12) A doctor should treat serious medical conditions like these as soon as possible. Memory Loss Related to Emotional Problems Learn more about Alzheimer's disease from MedlinePlus. Read about this topic in Spanish.
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