“Dementia And How To Help Prevent It”
A new case of dementia is diagnosed every 70 seconds and there is currently no cure or treatments to prevent or cure it. The WHO estimates there are about 50 million people across the globe living with dementia, with nearly 10 million cases being added each year. Approximately 5.8 million Americans age 65 and older currently have the disease, and nearly two-thirds of those are women. It’s the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. It is expected to skyrocket as the US population ages. Over 16 million Americans care for people with Alzheimer’s (AD) or other dementias, without pay. Patients with diabetes have a three-fold higher risk for developing dementia, particularly women. Likewise, vascular disease has been shown to be associated with the development of dementia syndromes. Almost half of all dementia cases can be attributed to a small number of modifiable lifestyle risk factors, including smoking, obesity, and physical inactivity. Here are four simple ways that you can improve your brain health.