Guest Lynne* Posted May 30, 2003 Report Share Posted May 30, 2003 I posted this elsewhere (yes, it's me - Lynne Clemens, Lynne Clemens 1, Lynne C, etc). I found this article while looking for links on memory disorders. ?It deals more with alzheimers, but it's interesting to see what cortisol does to your brain. Many people expect increasing memory loss as they age, but impaired memory has more to do with stress, according to a McGill research project. Specifically, the project looks at the hormone cortisol, which occurs naturally in response to stress. "Cortisol is a stress hormone, and there are receptors for cortisol in the hippocampus, the region of the brain responsible for memory," McGill psychiatry professor Sonia Lupien explains. "Long-term exposure to these hormones can cause atrophy of the hippocampus, leading to memory impairment." Lupien adds that hippocampal damage is one of the early signs of Alzheimer's. The study goes on to say that in the future, testing cortisol levels may become commonplace for older people. ?Wouldn't it be great if cortisol testing was commonplace for everyone? Here's another good article: http://www.fi.edu/brain/stress/memory.html Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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