It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Thyroid Disorders Message Board

  • The link between hypothyroidism, alzheimer's disease and dementia...

  • Post New Thread   Closed Thread
    Thread Tools Search this Thread
    Old 12-05-2005, 11:54 AM   #1
    Senior Member
    also2tired's Avatar
    Join Date: Oct 2005
    Posts: 159
    also2tired HB User
    The link between hypothyroidism, alzheimer's disease and dementia...

    I have heard of a connection between hypothyroidism, alzheimer's, and dementia, but I am not sure what the details are concerning this. I am curious if this could extend to Parkinson's disease (which seems to be quite similar to alzheimer's disease). My mother passed away at the young age of 53 from the effects of Parkinson's disease. Looking back, she had numerous symptoms of hypothyroidism for many years before she had any symptoms of Parkinson's disease. She had severe fatigue, depression, sleeping problems, very dry skin, her skin around her fingernails was always peeling back (like hangnails), she became hysterical from minor stressors, and she hardly reacted at all to positive things such as when I brought home straight A's. She also had difficulty with every single pregnancy: She miscarried one, had a stillbirth, had one born four months early which did not survive for more than a few hours, had 2 born premature which lived (I was born 2 months early, but had a collapsed lung, stayed in an incubator for awhile, etc.) I am not sure if her problems with pregnancies were due to hypothyroidism or incompetent cervix or what, though. My mother also wanted to grow long hair, but she could never get it to grow out. It just didn't seem to grow. Her hair also looked kind of straw-like, and it was either a dull color or had a lot of gray in it. At some point, I recall that her periods lasted forever and were very heavy. She used to say she bled for "forty days and forty nights"--referring to the time when Noah built the ark because of the flood. She ended up having a hysterectomy. She struggled with most of these hypothyroid symptoms for nearly all her life. She later developed Parkinson's disease in her early 40's and suffered from dementia, also. She looked like she was in her 80's or 90's when she turned 50. I know that longstanding hypothyroidism could upset brain chemistry. Does anyone know if hypothyroidism is related to Parkinson's disease? Also, if anyone has information how it is related to alzheimer's, that info could be helpful. Parkinson's is similar to alzheimer's in many ways, I believe. I did run across one study which noted that depression may in fact be the first symptom of Parkinson's because more people who had depression earlier in life developed Parkinson's later on... Hypothyroidism is a BIG factor in depression...Does anyone know anything?

    I am trying to make sense out of all my mother's symptoms and the rest of our family history that suggests hypothyroidism is very prevelant among mom's side. (She is the only one with Parkinson's, though. My mother's mother had a known thyroid problem which caused her not to be able to sweat. Mom's sister has insulin-dependent diabetes, fibromyalgia, asthma, osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, ice cold hands and feet, fatigue, depression, etc. My cousin has anxiety attacks. Many family members have trouble losing weight. I have numerous symptoms of hypothyroidism, too.) Could hypothyroidism manifest itself in different ways in my family and cause or contribute to different diseases? It seems we ALL have underlying hypothyroid symptoms before or with the diagnosis of other diseases. Oh, back to the Parkinson's question... Does anyone know about Parkinson's, alzheimer's, dementia, etc.? Thanks so much.

    Sponsors Lightbulb
    Closed Thread

    Related Topics
    Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
    Does this sound like Alzheimer's or dementia? Chancey Brain Tumors 9 05-25-2009 08:29 AM
    alzheimer's meiko Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 16 11-20-2008 06:27 PM
    question about alzheimer's disease tbald1977 Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 18 07-12-2008 06:42 AM
    Link Between Alzheimer's and Statin Drugs DannyTX Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 11 02-13-2008 02:46 PM
    Alzheimer's and an Arrant Protein (What's the connection?) Sorry..Long gizmolove Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 31 03-28-2007 12:57 PM
    Lyme Disease and it's link with FM JenniferEvelynn Fibromyalgia 11 10-14-2005 11:38 AM
    Alzheimer's Impostor - NPH Pat_S Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 2 02-24-2005 05:52 AM
    The misinformation surrounding Alzheimer's Disease: (Long) gizmolove Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 5 01-29-2003 11:02 AM

    Thread Tools Search this Thread
    Search this Thread:

    Advanced Search

    Posting Rules
    You may not post new threads
    You may not post replies
    You may not post attachments
    You may not edit your posts

    BB code is On
    Smilies are On
    [IMG] code is Off
    HTML code is Off
    Trackbacks are Off
    Pingbacks are Off
    Refbacks are Off

    Sign Up Today!

    Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

    I want my free account

    All times are GMT -7. The time now is 09:30 PM.

    © 2020 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved.
    Do not copy or redistribute in any form!