The Masked Singer panelist Davina McCall, 53, has told Gabby Logan about her experience with the menopause and her Alzheimer's fears
Davina McCall feared she was developing Alzheimer's when she started menopause

Davina McCall feared she was developing Alzheimer's when she started menopause

Davina McCall feared she was developing Alzheimer's when she started menopause

Davina McCall feared she was developing Alzheimer's when she started menopause

Davina McCall feared she was developing Alzheimer's when she started menopause

Davina McCall feared she was developing Alzheimer's when she started menopause
Davina McCall feared she was developing Alzheimer's when she started menopause
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Davina McCall has shared her fear that she was developing Alzheimer's while going through the menopause.

The Masked Singer star, 53, began going through the perimenopause nine years ago.

At the time, Davina paid a visit to the doctor after experiencing symptoms including memory loss which had begun affecting her work.

She feared she was developing Alzheimer's as her father, Andrew, suffers from it, but was told she was experiencing "cognitive overload".

Davina is now on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to help cope with some of the harder effects of the menopause.

Speaking to Gabby Logan on podcast The Mid Point, Davina revealed: "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."

Davina McCall
Davina McCall has revealed that she feared she had Alzheimer's when she started going through the menopause

She continued: "My joints feel, 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.

"And 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."

Davina McCall
Davina is currently a panelist on The Masked Singer on Saturdays on ITV
Gabby Logan
Davina was speaking to Gabby Logan on her new podcast

Davina also spoke about the time that she turned down the opportunity to replace Chris Tarrant on the radio show Capital Breakfast.

The mum-of-three revealed that as she just had her first child, she had no desire to work more than a three-day week.

She said: "I got offered the Capital Breakfast radio show when I was doing Big Brother when Chris Tarrant left. I'd done a week’s cover and I'd enjoyed it so much.

"I had had the greatest week, I had an amazing producer. She was fantastic. I loved it. It was my dream job."

Davina McCall
Davina McCall also spoke about the decision to turn down a job at Capital Breakfast

However, turning it down really was the right decision for the star.

Davina added: "I cried when I turned it down. But I just thought with Big Brother, three days a week, and going into London, I live in the country.

"And I talk about that a lot too, to anybody that will listen because no bloke doesn't have the same kind of thing where he feels like he can’t say yes to a job.

"He would just say yes to a job and let’s find a way of making it work. Whereas I would be like, 'I don’t know if I can physically be away from my kids for that amount of time'."

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