Davina McCall opens up about her Alzheimer's fear when she began the menopause

Jen Crothers
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Photo credit: Mike Marsland/Getty
Photo credit: Mike Marsland/Getty

From Good Housekeeping

Davina McCall has opened up about her experience of menopause - sharing that, at points, she was concerned that she was developing Alzheimer's.

After experiencing memory loss and having a history of the disease in her family - her father Andrew suffers from the condition - she went to the doctor, who explained it was simply "cognitive overload".

Speaking with Gabby Logan on The Mid.Point podcast, Davina explained that she's found hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to be a huge help navigating menopause.

Photo credit: Joe Maher - Getty Images
Photo credit: Joe Maher - Getty Images

"I'm on HRT so I have absolutely no excuse to be going doolally but I’m still going doolally on the HRT. I am less angry. I don't get night sweats. I don't get hot flushes. These are the things that have gone.

"My bones feel lubricated and strong, but my memory... and like you Gabby, I work, I've got kids, I have a partner. Life is very busy and chaotic and you have to know a lot of stuff in your business about sort of everything. And I do lots of different jobs. So I have a hundred different hats on.

"I could be going from Long Lost Family one day, to The Masked Singer the next, to a Garnier job, to something else. I'm learning different things for everything in my brain sometimes, because when I went to my doctor and I said, 'Look, please help me, I think I've got Alzheimer's because obviously my dad’s got Alzheimer's'.

"And I was like, 'I'm always paranoid – I know I haven't really got it but am I okay?' to her. She said, 'It's called cognitive overload'. And at our stage in life often our kids are all older. We thought it was going to get easier. It does not."

If you are concerned about any of the issues raised in this piece, contact your GP.

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