A new study suggests that prolonged stress causes a surge in the hormone cortisol, which can result in short-term memory loss among older adults. University of Iowa researchers have published their findings in the Journal of Neuroscience. In this study, the researchers linked elevated amounts of cortisol to the gradual loss of synapses in the prefrontal cortex, the region of the brain that houses short-term memory.
Synapses are the connections that help us process, store and recall information. As we get older, repeated and long-term exposure to cortisol can cause these synapses to shrink and disappear. “Although preliminary, the findings raise the possibility that short-memory decline in aging adults may be slowed or prevented by treatments that decrease levels of cortisol in susceptible individuals,” said Radley, one of the researches from the above mentioned study.
At Vita, our approach is similar to all other conditions arising from chronic stress. We will measure your stress levels through our unique scans, including heart rate variability and salivary cortisol testing. We will then create a program to lower your stress, including, but not limited to, chiropractic adjustments, MindFit, supplementation and exercises. After a series of treatments, we will re-measure your levels to monitor your progress.