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Saturday, July 31, 2021

Worldwide dementia cases may triple by 2050, know preventive measures

Age is not the only risk factor for dementia. A research has estimated that by 2050 the number of dementia cases could be up to three times.

The term dementia is used to describe the loss of memory, problem solving and thinking ability. It is one of the leading causes of dependence and disability among older people worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, about 50 million people worldwide have dementia, and about 10 million new cases are coming every year. A new research has predicted that the global number of dementia sufferers could almost triple by 2050. According to new data presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference on July 27, it is estimated that more than 150 million people worldwide may be living with dementia. The number is projected to increase from 5 crore 57 lakh in 2019 to more than 15 in 2050. 

Age Risk Factors for
Dementia Age is the strongest risk factor for dementia and thus mainly affects the elderly. Maria Carrillo, chief scientific officer of the Alzheimer's Association, was quoted as saying, "The risk factors for dementia among young people, including obesity, diabetes and sedentary lifestyle, are increasing rapidly. According to the World Health Organization, the onset of symptoms before the age of 65 is dementia. Dementia can result from various diseases and injuries that affect the brain, such as Alzheimer's or stroke. 

Escalation in early onset of dementia
Researcher Emma Nichols at the University of Washington School of Medicine and her colleagues studied the global prevalence of dementia. For this, they used data used between 1999 and 2019. They found that an estimated 10 out of every 100,000 people each year develop dementia before age 65. This means 350,000 new cases of early onset dementia on the global surface every year. Carrillo said that the number would increase after 2050 due to lack of effective treatment to prevent or slow down Alzheimer's. 

World Health Organization, citing less  research, suggested that people exercise regularly, do not smoke, avoid harmful use of alcohol, control weight, eat a healthy diet and maintain healthy blood pressure, cholesterol and sugar. By maintaining the level, you can reduce the risk of dementia. Additional risk factors for dementia include depression, lack of education, social isolation. These areas also need attention to reduce the risk of dementia.

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