Losing Your Memory?

Meridian - 26751
By Meridian - 26751 Latest Reply 2009-02-17 11:23:18 -0600
Started 2008-12-29 08:33:53 -0600

I have noticed that along with the other side effects of diabetes and the medications I've been placed on, I am having difficulty remembering things. I'm taking Glimepiride, Januvia, and Metformin, and wonder if there may be a link.

69 replies

beauty416 2009-02-17 11:23:18 -0600 Report

I have a hard time remembering some things. I have memory loss at times and don't know what causes them. I don't think that it is caused by my medications. I think mine is caused by my mental health condition.

Richard157 2009-01-07 19:08:17 -0600 Report

When I was much younger I forgot things but I paid very little attention to that. It was no big deal. Now that I am approaching 70 and I am EXPECTING to be forgetful I notice every time I forget something. Amazingly I REMEBER that I have forgotten something! I remember that I am forgetting things more and more frequently. It is depressing and I am probably blowing it all out of proportion because I am paying so much attention to my forgetfulness. I think I am exaggerating my memory loss in my own mind because I am paying so much attention to it now. Am I making any sense or are these just the ramblings of an old man??? Lol!

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-07 19:17:58 -0600 Report

Makes perfect sense to me. I think you're on to something. I think as we age we automatically begin to look for things that all the jokes, etc., are about, such as losing our memory. We become a little paranoid, I guess. And we forget that our memory was never 100%. Everyone has lapses in memory or becomes less sharp at times. I know I have some of those good old "senior moments" every now and then. But, thankfully, I see to be holding my own in that area for the most part.

You certainly wouldn't get the impression from your posts that your mind has lost any of its sharpness. I'm OK, you're OK. Right?

jaclyncrystal 2009-01-07 19:06:47 -0600 Report

Alberta study
They already run an elevated risk of heart disease and stroke. Now, new research suggest adults with Type 2 diabetes can also suffer mental deterioration. The University of Alberta study is another red flag for health authorities who have been trying to deal with a massive rise of diabetes cases in recent years. Affected were the brain processes responsible for planning, abstract thinking and working out unlearned approaches to novel situations. Slower processing speed was also noted. finally found the artical tried to post it with other info but kept telling me i had the wrong url do not know what that is so here is the study from the University of Alberts, Canada

Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2009-01-08 05:58:22 -0600 Report

The URL is the address your computer uses to pull up pages. The URL always starts with http://. All the message you received from your computer means is that the place (URL) that you sent it to look for the article was the wrong place.

2009-01-02 16:30:18 -0600 Report

Some medications do this sort of thing; it isn't uncommon in diabetics either,tho'. lilmarm

Richard157 2009-01-01 17:35:05 -0600 Report

I found this a few moments age. What follows is what I copied and pasted here.

Here is the original link:


Question - Does diabetes cause memory loss?:

Could you tell if there's a connection between diabetes and memory loss?
Guide Responds:

Diabetes can cause high blood pressure, heart disease and neuropathy that affect the circulation. People with diabetes (especially uncontrolled diabetes) are at higher risk for stroke. Depending on the area of the brain affected by these circulatory problems, memory can definately be affected.
Diabetes and Hypertension Tied To Cognitive Decline

dj7110 2009-01-02 01:13:39 -0600 Report

Thankyou for the info.. i found the sites pretty much informative for me.. especially after looking up risk factors.. leaves my real high.. think my past concusion i had might be part of my peroblem also.. been a few yrs but that seems to me when things went down hill with my brain farts. knocked mmy self out cold a few yrs back once after i jumped into a cementblock wall. playing basketball. remember the severe headachs most afterwards. and had bad black and blue forehead for sometime. was confirmed concusion. and forgot about this till i read what you post. I also no alhizmers runs in my family. thinking of talking to my dr next appointment as i know it should be in my records somewhere as i was taken to the hospital after it happened. Thank You again, David

dj7110 2009-01-01 03:57:41 -0600 Report

I tend to have memory problems too from time to time.. but relate them more to age.. call them brain farts.. here's my list of meds… Insulins- Lantis & Humalog, Fentanyl patch, Plavix, Furosemide, Vitorin, Gemfibrozil, Cymbalta, Lorazapam, Tramadol, Lunesta, and when needed nitro tablets.

Avera 2009-01-01 01:54:49 -0600 Report

Just wanted you to know that this was a timely discussion question. You asked the question and today I found two articles concerning the topic. I posted them in the New and Articles section. The "New York Times" also had an article about "memory loss" in diabetics but I could not bring it up.

Lanore 2008-12-30 10:25:20 -0600 Report

Hi Meridian,
I can't say if it is the meds but i take the same ones and have not had any problems with memory loss, I am 51 and may be too young, I don't know. Have you talked to your dr about this? I think i would let him/her know and see what they ahve to say about it. Take care. Lanore ;-)

Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2008-12-30 10:42:56 -0600 Report

I mentioned it to my doctor before and what I got was an unsatisfactory response. Basically she said it was old age. I'm only 56. I guess I'll have to carry around a pad of paper and a thesaurus.

I really am trying to discover the reason so I can ask my doctor some meaningful questions and maybe make some suggestions for alternate drugs.

Thank you for you suggestion.

Goddess 2008-12-30 10:52:36 -0600 Report

My shrink did say that some meds for mental conditions can cause it. I don't think I'm old at 48.

GabbyPA 2008-12-30 15:46:57 -0600 Report

Sounds to me that you might need to seek a doctor who is more willing to care or look into it. Memory loss is no joke. We joke about it, but seriously, it changes everyting if you have it bad enough.

Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2008-12-30 15:56:58 -0600 Report

I've always prided myself on my vocabulary and I can tell I am losing it. It can be embarrassing when I talk myself into a corner searching for one word. And it's just not there. It is frustrating and makes me feel stupid.

Avera 2008-12-29 22:56:23 -0600 Report


I recognized several of your meds and know people who take them so I was able to ask and received the following information. Just remember, medications affect us all in a different way so this may not be true for YOU.

1. Zoloft side effects may also include mental or emotional symptoms such as impaired concentration and memory loss.

2. Rare Cartia XT side effects occur in less than 1 percent of people taking the drug. However, it is difficult to tell whether these side effects are actually caused by the medication itself or other factors. One rare side effect is memory loss or even more rare amnesia.

3. Some side effects may occur with the use of Vytorin. Memory loss or impaired concentration is rare but has been reported.

Concerning "diabetes" in general from an online column written by a Diabetes specialist…

"There are many issues one can face when they have been diagnosed with diabetes. One of the most frustrating is memory loss. Memory loss can occur in most people as they age. But sometimes, memory loss can be due to circulatory problems and hormonal changes in the body. When this happens, one may feel inadequate and insecure.

To prevent memory loss when a person has diabetes, one should change their diet to include foods with fiber, protein, and calcium that will stimulate blood flow and also help replace some of the nutrients lost. Exercise will also promote blood flow.

Stimulating the brain by reading, solving crossword puzzles, and finding new hobbies are ways to keep the brain alert. Many times, it is the short term memory that will be affected. By stimulating the brain, one can minimize the damage that may be caused. Since memory loss can also be caused by other diseases, it is important to discuss your memory loss with YOUR doctor.

Memory loss is one effect of diabetes that can be improved when diabetes is detected in its early stages. Although diabetes is a life long illness, this does not mean that a person has to suffer from all of the side effects that could occur. Memory loss can occur at any time during one’s life. While a person may be upset, they should not worry too much about it. By altering one’s lifestyle and staying busy both physically and mentally, one will be able to lead a long, healthy life."

Hope this helps…


Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2008-12-30 05:22:37 -0600 Report

Hi Donna,

I'm going to copy and print your response and take it with me to my next doctor's appointment. Thank you for your research, it is very helpful.

Anonymous 2008-12-30 12:11:25 -0600 Report

Yes Avera my doctor has told me the same things, and he also said people with diabetes have a higher risk of getting Alzheimers than non diabetics.

Richard157 2009-01-01 15:02:36 -0600 Report

Thanks Avera, that is an excellent post!

I have read several times that extremely low blood sugar episodes can damage brain cells and cause short term memory loss.

I am now 69 and I am so forgetful that the only time I remember anything is when I forget to forget. (Put a silly looking smiley here! LOL!)

P.S. Why don't we have smileys on this site? I love smileys!


sstarlight 2008-12-29 16:01:14 -0600 Report

I was having memory problems & read that it may be related to any Statins, if you are taking any. I talked to my doctor regarding my Cholesterol medicine & she had me go off it for awhile to see if there was an improvement. I did notice a difference so now I need to determine if I can keep my #'s in check without the medicine.

Goddess 2008-12-29 15:02:33 -0600 Report

Here's mine:


Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2008-12-29 15:11:03 -0600 Report

We have in common;

Goddess 2008-12-29 15:20:26 -0600 Report

from my knowledge of medicine it's not any of those.My doc did tell me there is some memory loss with diabetes.

2008-12-29 15:22:43 -0600 Report

I'm in real trouble then. Memory loss with my diabeties and also having brain seizures!!! Hope the meds I'm taking do the job!! LOL I know it's not a laughing matter, but I'm trying to be optimistic about my own medical problems.

gunther123 2008-12-29 16:53:13 -0600 Report

I have observed increased an increase in memory loss from my TypeI wife. It's been slow, but I have noticed it quite to be more apparent over the last 6 months or so. Is this associated with diabetes?
What can be done. It's really getting noticeable.I think she's aware of it too and seems embarrased about it and even gets a little angry at herself about it and sometimes does some blaming, like me for instance.

sparkysmom 2009-01-01 21:16:09 -0600 Report

I take…
Zolpidem…10 mg (1xday)
Carisoprodol…350 mg (1xday)
Gabapentin…300 mg (3xday)
Relpax…40mg (prn)
Quinapril…20 mg (1xday)
Metformin…1000 mg (2xday)
Furosemide…40 mg (1xday)
Atenolol…25 mg (1xday)
Pravastatin…40 mg (2xday)
Precision Xtra
Fexofenadine…180 mg (1xday)
Fluticasone Propionate… 50 mcg (2 sprays 1xday)
Centrum Silver… (1xday)
Aleve (prn)

Anonymous 2009-01-02 08:59:23 -0600 Report

Wow, I always thought I took alot of meds but I quess I do not. Here is my list:
Tramadol (4 times a day)
Diovan HCT (1 times a day)
Premarin (1 times a day)
Amaryl (2 times a day)
Lyrica (1 times a day)
Janumet (2 times a day)

I am 51.

2009-01-02 11:05:11 -0600 Report

Happy Birthday to you and sparkysmom. May you both have many more healthy ones.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-02 17:48:00 -0600 Report

That's right! I forgot you were also in Georgia! I can't tell you how many people I know with January birthdays. Another I've been corresponding with on Facebook has the same birthday. Some of these are in other countries. I think we should all meeting in Paris, or any glamorous and exciting spot, and celebrate together!

Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2008-12-29 14:08:00 -0600 Report

Here's a list of my daily prescriptions to compare to the ones you take. Can we come up with any cross referencing between the ones you take to see if any of them are causing the memory lose?



2009-01-01 15:19:38 -0600 Report

Do you have to take out a bank loan before you get your prescriptions filled? I thought I had alot of meds to take, but you have me beat!!! At least you can now go around bragging that you beat (as in won) a woman in something, finally!!!

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-07 14:14:18 -0600 Report

Definitely has me beat, and I consider holding up a convenience store every once in a while when it's time for my refills! LOL!

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-07 14:44:00 -0600 Report

You're right. That helps. But about midway through the year I fall into the "gap" and have to absorb it all…
while still paying the premiums for the rest of the year. I was far better off when I still had my regular insurance coverage than I am now that I'm on Medicare.

Goddess 2008-12-29 12:56:03 -0600 Report

Ihave been losing more and more of my memory each day. My docs said it could be age or a combo of age and meds.

NormaJean 2009-01-07 13:50:12 -0600 Report

You are not alone in this,I thought it was just me..lol.I was dx in August of this year I take metformin and Lipitor.I notice that i forget a lot of stuff,at my previous job customers would come up to me to say hello and I have no clue to who they were,but there faces look familiar..it was kinda funny but a lot of the times I was embarrassed.Is the metformin associated with the memory loss..? I will have to look it up…any suggestions..?

Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2009-01-07 14:00:03 -0600 Report

I am beginning to think that it is a combination of the medications and the disease. The more research that is done the more they will find out. The experts are not sure why diabetics have a noticeable memory loss, just that we do. I imagine someday they will have a pill for us, but not today.

jaclyncrystal 2009-01-07 14:40:37 -0600 Report

Just read about a Canadian study done recently about diabetes and memory or brain function loss, if i could remember where i put that paper I could tell you more. It is a fact that diabetes does effect your brain and memory

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-07 18:33:08 -0600 Report

LOL! Hope you remember where you put it! I still think that a lot of us get absent minded, etc., just because we try to do too much sometimes. Then we have all sorts of family issues, financial problems, etc., and that doesn't help us concentrate and be too sharp either. As much as we don't want to admit it, age is a factor as well. Not always due to meds and illness. Some of us are just nuts!

Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2008-12-29 11:40:44 -0600 Report

It really is frustrating. I even talked to medical personal about it and they all told me it might be the meds. It might be stress, or fatigue, None of them really seemed too interested in it. I'll be in the middle of a sentence and can't remember the right word. It may be because of the narcotics I am prescribed.

Mustanggirl63 2009-01-20 04:32:56 -0600 Report

There are two good medications for memory problem…Namenda and Aricept.

2008-12-29 10:41:43 -0600 Report

I am having some forgetfullness, but mine is caused by a different medical condition. I'm not sure whether or not the diabeties contributes to this condition or not.

GabbyPA 2008-12-29 08:55:05 -0600 Report

I don't know if the meds are the issue. You can look them up at www.drugs.com and find out what kind of side effects they have.
I do know that when our glucose levels are wacky, our brain gets foggy. Since mine have been comeing down, I have noticed that I have better concentration. The rest I just have to atribute to old age. LOL

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2008-12-29 10:09:55 -0600 Report

Sadly I have those "senior moments" myself. I don't know how you could really ever pinpoint a specific med that could be causing your problem, but I think sometimes we get overly busy or stressed for some reason, which I think can cause you to think you're losing your memory, when perhaps you're just suffering "brain overload". You may have to resort to making notes, etc., as a lot of us do when we have too much going on.

GabbyPA 2008-12-29 10:28:42 -0600 Report

I am a note queen. If I don't write it down, I am pretty much gauranteed to forget it. The other day I had written down my lab appointment and go focused on other things to do, I totally forgot about the lab. What a mess that was to reschedule. LOL. I am easily distracted but only on things I don't "want" to do. LOL

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2008-12-29 10:33:33 -0600 Report

What's frustrating is when you have a list for forget where you put it! Or to go off to the store only to remember that your list is still sitting on the counter at home. Can you make a list that reminds you to remember to pick up your reminder list? Hmmm.

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