According to a report published by Alzheimer’s Research UK, one third of all the people born in Britain this year may develop some form of dementia.
The latest official statistics by the World Health Organization show that of the 35.5 million people who are suffering of dementia, Britain is the home of 850,000 of them.
Dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s disease,is the leading cause of disability in people over the age of 65, and the second leading cause of death on the Australian continent, said Dr. Maria O’Reilly, researcher at the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre. As we speak, about 10% of people over 65 suffer from dementia, while the number triples for people over 65.
Alzheimer’s disease is progressive neurodegenerative disorder that occurs in people of middle to old age, due to a general degeneration of the brain. Alzheimer’s disease is associated with an irregular functioning of the brain cells, which leads to the deterioration of synaptic transmissions. The disorder makes way for a loss of cognitive functions, and is the most popular cause of premature senility.
The most common symptoms of alzheimer’s disease are the loss of memory, insomnia, agitation, depression, repetitive habits, and incoherent thinking. When the disease reaches its advanced stage, nearly all mental functioning and memory may be lost in the patient. According to National Institute of Aging, the disease could lead to death, and is the most common type of dementia.
Despite that the exact cause of Alzheimer’s disease is still unknown, researchers believe that a lack of vitamin D could make the condition worse, as well as too much exposure to pollution. Though the disease is so widely spread across the world, scientists have not yet found a cure for Azheimer’s or any other forms of dementia. However, some recent researchers have found that Alzheimer’s disease may be detected in children less than 10 years of age.
Due to the aging population, North America – especially the US, is where Alzheimer’s disease is most spread out. However, eastern Asia and Europe are expected to surpass the US in the disorder’s growth rate in the next five years. China and India, the world’s two most populous countries in the world, are expected to be show a big rise in their Alzheimer’s disease grow rate.
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