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diabetes and memory loss

Discussion in 'Diabetes Complications' started by Brook, Mar 24, 2011.

  1. Brook

    Brook · Newbie

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    Hello I am new here, I am a dutch woman ( so sorry for my poor language) of 45 years old and I am diagnosed with LADA, db type 1 since 2 years now. My bloodlevels are not very good, too high between 4 and 15. I know that's not good. The last few months I suffer from memory loss. Not just forgetting names, but also words and sentences and my spelling is not correct. I try to say something and I dont know the word and say something else or completely wrong. I know there is a connection between diabetes and alzheimer or vasculair disease. I am very worried that my high levels have already caused damage to my brain. I don't know what to do. I am so young but since my bloodlevels are not good I really am very worried that there is something terribly wrong. Does anyone recognise these symptoms?
     
  2. PickledPepper

    PickledPepper · Well-Known Member

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    Since being diagnosed I too feel that my memory fails me.

    I have a feeling that my low carbing is also (at least) partially responsible and recently I noticed that when trying to read on an emptyish stomach, I was misreading/pronunciating words quite frequently.

    Other times, like when I'm feeling full, I don't have these problems. I had originally thought this may have been down to taking simvastatin but having been off them for a while, I still have the memory/concentration lapses, so I've eliminated that possible cause.

    Don't panic and just focus on getting your levels right.
     
  3. daisy1

    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend
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    Hi Brook and welcome to the forum :) I'm afraid I don't know how to help you about your memory problems but I can help you control your diabetes better. The Forum Monitors have written some advice which they give out to new members and I wondered if this advice would be helpful to you to get your levels down a bit. By the way 4 isn't a high level - in fact its the lowest level before you go hypo. The recommended levels are included in this basic advice.

     
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  4. donnellysdogs

    donnellysdogs Type 1 · Master

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    Hi

    There can be a huge number of reasons for getting memory loss, which may well have nothing to do with diabetes at all. A couple I know about are pernicious anaemia and fibromyalgia and even statins have now got warnings of side effects with the brain ie depression and memory...it may well be that this has just started happening around the time of diabetes. If this is a big problem to you for example....my memory was so bad that I could not find a customers house in a road, when I had been going there for 3+years-then speak to your GP and give examples...when my problems got as bad as I have just listed my gp sent me to a dementia clinic (age at time was 40), and they diagnosed pernicious anaemia-B12 and folic deficiency. This diagnosis has since been removed off my records, and I have now been diagnosed with fibromyalgia instead due other things that also coincide with the memory loss and confusion I can get. GP's should not just palm you off, they should take it just as seriously as any other complaint.

    Despite 2 diagnosise I still have a dreadful memory and confusion, and having had a word describing the actual classification of what is wrong hasn't really helped my memory to return. Saying that, I would really recommend you to talk to your GP, as there are honestly so many causes of memory loss.
     
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  5. Richard.E.Craig

    Richard.E.Craig · Member

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    I forgot what I was going to write? :p
     
  6. daisy1

    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend
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    Memory problems aren't funny :shock:
     
  7. bowell

    bowell · Well-Known Member

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    Are you on any other meds :?:

    Memory loss
    I forget important things like my medication , then take the same dose twice :?
    Now need pill boxes for the day, need a prompt me to take them :?
    I do forget words and how to express myself , its very frustrating
    I do stupid things like putting shaving foam on my tooth brush ,Try and brush my teeth with my razor ,try and make coffee with the butter ? I could fill a book
    Short term memory loss is the worst for me

    Its sad ,,, I found its best ,just to have a good laugh at yourself ,if only to keep yourself sane
    with my family its a matter of laughing with me ,not at you
    I know mine is mostly due to medication :shock:

    We are all guilty thinking whatever we have ,is down to our diabetes first :?

    Loads of things that can lead to memory loss ,, inc Stress

    Best advise would be to go and see your doctor soon as you can


    Bob
     
  8. Richard.E.Craig

    Richard.E.Craig · Member

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    :oops: Neither are diabetes,stroke, respiratory failure,Necrotizing fasciitis, morphine addiction and registered blindness,I suffer from them all, but every day I laugh at them :lol:

    P.S. I have two or three TIA's per week and sometimes forget my own children's names!
    "C'est la vie"
     
  9. Dee Mauree

    Dee Mauree · Newbie

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    HI

    Don't worry too much about it. It may not be related to Diabetes at all, it could transient. I believe you are too young to have this now. However, you must make sure that you have good control of your blood glucose level. Consult your health prefessional if you need help. You must have a good discipline with the quantity you eat and balance this with your insulin intake. I am afraid , this a 'must'. Good luck

    Dee
     
  10. kennybsn1

    kennybsn1 · Newbie

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    imnot so sure of this theory as ive ghad type 1 for around 33yrs now and although im now well controlled and tow the line as it were,this wasnt allways the case,and when the rave culture started in 1989 thru to 1995 i did more than my fair share of all and then some more of all available drugs and i seem to be ok still but i do understand the concerns of brain involvement as is all of the body as it is served by the blood.just try to keep good control.im also a construction worker and work veryhard maybe this is the key(excercise)although im no expert and i still get baffled by this diabetes. :D good luck
     
  11. Erin

    Erin Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Welcome Brook and thank you for the personal reports kennybsn1, Dee Mauree, Richard E. Craig, , bowell, donnellysdogs, daisy1, and Pickled Pepper. I am diabetes 2 for 5 yrs. and the memory lapse seems to be short-term and also surprising at times. For example I am not aware that I did something out of routine until I discover it later. I only wish that I had long-term memory lapse instead. Maybe that will happen in the future.
     
  12. Kat100

    Kat100 · Guest

    Hi brook , so worth having some more health chats and maybe tests

    From my own experience , my memory was awful when I needed iron and B 12 ....

    There can be many reasons ....

    Welcome to the forum , nice to meet you , hope you find the cause ...best wishes ...Kat
     
  13. Kat100

    Kat100 · Guest

    Had a thought have you had hormone levels checked ...can cause awful problems with memory and feeling of confusion ...
     
  14. gemz

    gemz Type 1 · Member

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    Hi Brook, I also have type 1 and have had the exact same problem as you, I often find it really hard to get words out and when I think I want to do something if I don't do it straight away I forget it in seconds, it's really frustrating. It's called brain fog, high blood levels don't help but I have recently found that taking B Vitamins help alot. I did some research on brain fog and alot of people recommend them.
     
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