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Menopause Brain: Memory Issues & More

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: Menopause affects your brain and memory.
Air Date: 6/8/16
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Diana Bitner, MD

Diana BitnerDiana Bitner, MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and a certified menopause practitioner. She received her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is a member of the Spectrum Health Medical Group.

Dr. Bitner has special interests in women's wellness and prevention of heart disease, menopause, perimenopause, laparoscopic and robotic pelvic surgery, and pelvic pain. She enjoys helping women through times of health concerns and life phase transitions with an integrated and evidence-based approach. Her professional goal is to help women be as healthy as they want to be. She is also fluent in Portuguese.

Dr. Bitner has a weekly media engagement with WXMI Fox 17 Morning Mix discussing health topics of importance to women. She regularly engages in media and online chats and authors a blog, titled Midlife & Menopause Moments, which can be found on Health Beat, Spectrum Health's e-news website.

Menopause Brain: Memory Issues & More
There are some menopause side effects that are very well known: hot flashes, night sweats and weight gain.

Menopause can also affect your brain. Changing estrogen levels can lead to memory issues.

Loss of estrogen affects brain function directly. Parts of the brain don't operate the same as they did prior to menopause. The other side effects can interrupt your thought processes as well.

When forgetfulness sets in, bypass the anxiety of remembering. Take a few seconds to think of three things you're grateful for to spur a "reset" of your brain. This will help get you back on track.

Listen in as Dr. Diana Bitner shares how menopause affects memory.
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