Your Cognitive Abilities

More than 16 million people in the United States live with cognitive impairment. It commonly occurs with increasing age, but cognitive impairment can happen to anybody. If your brain isn’t as sharp as it once was or you’d like to reduce your risk of cognitive impairment, Harlan L. South, MD, and his experienced team have solutions. At Premier Wellness & Aesthetics Center in Union Square, San Francisco, they offer advanced treatments to enhance cognitive function. To learn more, schedule an appointment with Premier Wellness & Aesthetics Center by phone or online today.

What is cognitive impairment?

Cognitive impairment occurs with a decline in the way your brain functions. Dementia is an example of cognitive impairment. This means you have problems with memory, thinking, judgment, and even language. Cognitive impairment can be mild or severe.

What are the symptoms of cognitive impairment?

If you or a loved one experience cognitive impairment, you may notice one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Forgetting appointments and other important events
  • Forgetting things more often than usual
  • Difficulty navigating through familiar environments
  • Friends and family notice cognitive changes
  • Impulsive or poor judgment
  • Feeling overwhelmed when making decisions
  • Losing your train of thought often

 Cognitive impairment might be temporary (as in the case of a concussion), long-lasting, or progressively get worse over time.

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What are the risk factors for cognitive impairment?

Cognitive impairment can happen to anybody, but certain factors increase your risk of developing it. Examples include:

  • Older age
  • Genetics
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Being sedentary
  • Lack of mentally stimulating activities
  • Depression 

Living a healthy lifestyle by maintaining a healthy weight, eating a nutritious diet rich in fruits and vegetables, getting regular exercise, and not smoking is the best way to lower your risk of dementia.

Is there a treatment for cognitive impairment?

If you or a loved one experience cognitive impairment, Dr. South and his team are here for you. They offer numerous anti-aging treatments that maximize brain health to restore your quality of life and prevent dementia from progressing.


Dr. South may suggest you take certain medications to help prevent or delay the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy

Stabilizing hormone levels with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy helps keep your mind sharp and reduces your risk of “brain fog” and memory problems that can occur with menopause in women and low testosterone in men.

Chronic disease management

Controlling a chronic disease helps keep your brain sharp and lowers your risk of cognitive impairment. For example, Dr. South might recommend taking medications to control diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol.


Taking vitamins, minerals, omega-3s, and other dietary supplements help your body get the nutrients necessary to prevent deficiencies and maximize brain function.

Intellectual stimulation

Getting daily intellectual stimulation, such as playing brain games, reading books, or doing crossword puzzles or math problems, helps preserve brain function and prevent cognitive decline associated with aging.

What is the Bredesen protocol?

The Bredesen Protocol, developed by Dr. Dale Bredesen, is a natural approach to treating cognitive impairment that addresses all possible causes of dementia. Examples include a deficiency in brain-boosting nutrients, inflammation, hormone imbalance, toxin exposure, and shortages of cognitive-supporting molecules.

Dr. Bredesen recommends steering clear of toxin exposure, reducing inflammation, avoiding certain foods (such as those with gluten), and optimizing hormones and essential nutrients to reduce, delay the onset of, or avoid age-related cognitive impairment.

If you’d like help slowing cognitive impairment or increasing your cognitive abilities, schedule an appointment at Premier Wellness & Aesthetics Center over the phone or online today.

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