Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Can I Tell if My Memory Lapses are Alzheimer's?

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Question: Is there a test I can take to see if I have Alzheimer's? I’m having trouble remembering things, like where I left the car keys. I’m only 56.
 
Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
No. There is no commercially available blood test that reliably tests for Alzheimer's disease. But there are psychometric tests performed by a neuropsychologist that are available to help sort out organic from non-organic causes of memory loss.
 
You should see your doctor now for imaging and a workup for memory loss. Sometimes memory loss can be caused by a simple mineral or vitamin deficiency or toxicity — as in alcoholics with thiamine deficiency.
 
Other times it is related to endocrine or thyroid dysfunction, or an underlying medical or structural brain disorder. In any event, memory loss must be addressed early, since it is easier to prevent memory loss than to regain those brain functions once they’ve been lost.

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