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Thyroid Hormone Deficiency (Hypothyroidism)

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A grossly underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) can lead to the symptoms of dementia. Simple tests can detect this condition. The symptoms include loss of interest, apathy, slowing down of mental abilities and poor short-term memory. Treatment involves replacing the naturally occurring thyroid hormones with synthetic hormone preparations. This is more likely to be effective in reversing the dementia if the problem is identified and treated within two years of its onset.
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