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Causes of Hypothalamus Damage

by | Last updated: Apr 5, 2022 | Hypothalamus | 10 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 Maragopoulos 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

  2. Pamela Morgan

    I had severe Rhabdomyolosis almost one year ago. Total paralysis , kidney damage after. I was hospitalized for 6 days. I am post menopausal still taking hormones. Since my hospitalization I am unable to regulate my body temperature. I am warm in the cold , way too hot in layers of clothing and in the heat I feel dizzy and weak. I am always overheated. Not in waves but once I get overheated I simply can’t cool down unless I’m in a cold pool and stay there. I drink ice water all the time ( I have since I was a child ). I cannot drink hot drinks because they will cause me to become overheated. I can’t find any research on damage to the hypothalamus relating to Rhabdomyolosis. I am desperate to find help. I still have muscle weakness , get winded on simple walks , have little strength in my large muscles and I used to be a dancer and was quite strong and had endurance. Now I feel like a cripple. Any suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much

    • Deborah Maragopoulos FNP

      Getting your hypothalamus back into balance would be the first step.
      That’ll take at least 90 days, a bit longer because of your age and the trauma of Rhabdomyolosis
      A co Pete endocrine work up after three months to be sure you don’t need adrenal and pituitary support would be in order
      Then to repair muscle damage – need to stimulate growth hormone production if DHEA is adequate, as well as repair mitochondrial function.
      I would be happy to do a consult

  3. S

    I only stumbled across one possible cause for my worsening narcolepsy today being damage to my hypothalamus. I did have a bad head injury falling backwards onto the edge of an iron box that still aches occasionally ten years later. I blacked out only for less than a second at the time.
    My sleepiness has progressed to falling asleep even when drinking a coffee! And I am sleeping all the time,right through the night then falling asleep again during the day.
    Just after the fall I was diagnosed as pre diabetic 🙁 which I am managing, just!
    Sorry for the long post. Could this be my hypothalamus?

  4. Su-Ann Groenveld

    Hello, I just watched your video and very informative and helpful. I have a Hypothalamus tumour, first they th I ught it was a pituitary tumour and I had 6 weeks of Radio Therapy. All this did was burn optic nerves and I am know left with server tunnel vision that can’t be treated.
    Now for the past 6 months I haven’t been able to sleep properly only getting 3 or 4 hours a night, I am cold when it’s warm. I am also experiencing extreme emotional depression and feel I am falling into a hole.
    Can you assist me with some information please

    • Deborah Maragopoulos FNP

      Your symptoms suggest hypothalamic dysfunction.
      You would benefit by supporting your hypothalamus nutraceutically

      Genesis Gold has helped my patients with hypothalamic dysfunction from pituitary and hypothalamus tumors

      You can learn more about hypothalamus dysfunction in my new book
      The Hypothalamus Handbook https://genesisgold.com/hypothalamus-handbook/


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