June is Alzheimer and Brain Awareness Month, so we wanted to take a moment to talk about brain health and the importance of seeking help if you are experiencing cognitive or neurological issues. Maintaining cognitive health is essential to the overall wellbeing of every man and woman. We understand the unique ways that men’s health differs from women’s and strive to address your individual needs from that perspective.
Many neurological conditions are brought about by age, but there are still many more that are a result of injury, illness, hormones, or medications, to name a few. Unfortunately, conventional medicine generally “treats” cognitive and neurological conditions with medication, ignoring the underlying cause completely. While medication can offer some benefit, it is not always the best option and may only function as a bandage covering up the problem underneath. Seeking comprehensive care is the best way to treat the root cause of your symptoms and prevent the progression of neurological and cognitive issues.
Women’s Brain Health vs. Men’s Brain Health
Women are especially prone to cognitive and neurological conditions brought about by fluctuations in hormones. Depression and anxiety are more common in women than in men, and childbirth can also bring about dramatic swings in hormones that lead to postpartum depression in some. Additionally, even conditions that are generally found in similar numbers between men and women are experienced differently by each. We believe it is crucial to understand these differences and treat them accordingly.
One issue that seems to face men more so than women is that men are less likely to speak up when they are experiencing cognitive or neurological symptoms. There is a much more significant stigma surrounding men’s brain health, and as a result, many feel as though they have to “tough it out” or “man up” about what they are experiencing. The truth is that both men and women experience a vast array of conditions that affect the brain. Additionally, even conditions that are generally found in similar numbers between men and women are experienced differently by each. We believe it is crucial to understand these differences and treat them accordingly.
Optimizing brain function can be extremely important as you age, but that doesn’t mean if you aren’t over the age of thirty that you should put off testing. Cognitive testing is important to brain health regardless of age as it impacts your ability to think clearly, learn, remember, conduct motor functions, utilize your senses, and respond emotionally.
We strongly recommend routine examinations where we can help evaluate your overall health as well as your cognitive and neurological health over time. After the examination, our team will customize a plan based on your personal needs and goals targeting areas of weakness and restoring proper brain function.
For more information about how you can best ensure brain health or for more information about Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, contact Innovative Care Medicine today.