The incidence of dementia increased dramatically
The Lancet Neurology published the arguments of the scientists that the incidence of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia has increased dramatically over the past 25 years – the number of people with these ailments has increased two times. The researchers warn that dementia is largely a “female” disease.
In the framework of the project Global Burden of Disease Russian scientists with foreign colleagues conducted the first evaluation of how changes in the number of speakers of neurodegenerative diseases. They analyzed data collected in 190 countries.
As a result, the authors of the project found that today about 44 million people suffer from diseases associated with the development of dementia. When you consider that in 1990 the number of carriers of such diseases accounted for about 20 million people, it is easy to understand why scientists say about the sharp increase in the incidence of dementia, which the experts speak about how “epidemic of dementia”.
“Dementia has risen to fifth place in the overall list of the main causes of death, second only to stroke, ischemia, obstructive lung disease and heart attacks,” stated the scientists.
Scientific experts argue that the increase in the incidence of dementia is provided by increasing the number of patients among the elderly. According to the researchers, the risks of developing dementia among the elderly has increased several times, while the exposure of this violation among young people has not changed. In addition, it appeared that the victims of dementia are more likely to be female. As experts suggest, due to the fact that women on average live longer than men, and also with differences in their brains.
Scientists emphasize: to stop a sharp rise in the incidence of dementia is possible only with medication. Correction of other factors related to its risks, like obesity or the environment, can give only a slight improvement in this regard.
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