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Causes of Hypothalamus Damage

by | Last updated: Apr 5, 2022 | Hypothalamus | 2 comments

How can you damage your hypothalamus? Let’s talk about what hypothalamus damage is, and what causes it.

If your hypothalamus is damaged, it may cause disruptions in your body temperature, your growth, your weight, and your saltwater balance. As well as your moods, your sleep cycles, and your hormones. This includes your adrenals, your thyroid and sex hormones, and your glucose metabolism. This leads to insulin resistance. 

The most common cause of hypothalamic damage is traumatic brain injuries. 

Head injuries that impact the hypothalamus can be from an accident. Like a fall or a motor vehicle accident. It could also be from brain surgery or radiation of the head and neck. Brain tumors can also cause damage to the hypothalamus.

Hypothalamic dysfunction after traumatic brain injury is underestimated. One type of traumatic brain injury is a hemorrhage within the brain. Particularly a subarachnoid hemorrhage. When the space around the hypothalamus fills up with blood, it puts pressure on the hypothalamus and uses up its ability to get oxygen from its own blood supply. It’s almost as if the hypothalamus suffers from a stroke or a transient ischemic attack. This leaves it dysfunctional. 

Certain diseases can also cause hypothalamic damage. 

Genetic conditions like Kallmann syndrome, or Prader Willi syndrome affect the function of the hypothalamus. Since your hypothalamus is not protected by the blood-brain barrier, it gets exposed to everything. Certain infections and toxins affect the function of the hypothalamus. Malnutrition especially leads to severe weight loss. Like in the case of an eating disorder, it can damage the hypothalamus.

Hypothalamic damage can be very serious. However, in many cases, it can be reversed. 

You can help to repair and heal your hypothalamus when you deal with the condition that is causing the damage. Whether it’s an underlying infectious agent, a tumor, or toxicity. when you also support your hypothalamus through nutrition, particularly nutraceuticals designed to support hypothalamic function, you can help heal the hypothalamus. I’ve had patients in my practice with significant hypothalamus dysfunctions due to damage from traumatic brain injuries. As well as underlying infections, toxins from the environment, and medications. They are then able to heal their hypothalamus and restore the majority of its function. 

I created a foundational nutraceutical product – Genesis Gold® – to support optimal hypothalamus function and heal your hypothalamus. For my patients with severe hypothalamus damage, I have them take extra Sacred Seven® hypothalamic amino acids. While they’re in Genesis Gold®, the extra Sacred Seven® amino acids help to speed up the healing process. It’s particularly useful for those who have damage to their hypothalamus.

Hypothalamus damage can lead to many hormonal issues and metabolic issues. It is important that you get a diagnosis and treatment.

If you have any questions whatsoever regarding hypothalamus damage, please join us in our Hormone Support Group. You can get access when you sign up for our free Hormone Reboot Training. I meet with the group to answer your questions live. I hope to see you there.

About the Author - Deborah Maragopolous FNP

Known as the Hormone Queen®️, I’ve made it my mission to help everyone – no matter their age – balance their hormones, and live the energy and joy their DNA and true destiny desires. See more about me my story here…



  1. Cathy

    Have taken two years now looking for a child bt have failed,I get hot flashes, my periods re not regular,I start dem lik today & finish dem the following day,I don’t ovulate

    • Deborah Maragopoulos FNP

      Unless they have mechanical blockage, my infertility patients who support their hypothalamus with Genesis Gold usually get pregnant within 6 months


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