Cognitive impairment

Memory disorders are among those cognitive disorders that are frequent and increase in prevalence with age. However, functional complaints linked to memory sometimes appear from a very young age (<50 yoa).

Functional and nutritional biology tests can help in identifying the underlying pathophysiological hypotheses to optimise care. For patients aged 50 and over, any amnesic complaint must be investigated as it may either be an early sign of age-related common cognitive decline or a sign of a neurodegenerative disease that would benefit greatly from early care. Memory disorders may be prevented by a health-based diet even when the disease is at an advanced stage. Correcting functional, nutritional or micro-nutritional deficiencies can slow the development of the disease and/or improve its clinical signs.

In this context, functional biology can support both diagnosis and understanding of pathophysiology, by unveiling the factors implicated in cognitive disorders: micronutrient deficiencies, low grade inflammation, neurotransmitter imbalance, endocrine disruption or imbalance in essential fatty acids to name a few. An optimised treatment can hence be set into place, whether the impairment is due to a stress-related functional disorder or an age-related dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease.


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