Dementia Cases Expected to Triple in Coming Decades

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Currently, about 44 million people are living with dementia, which includes Alzheimer’s disease, worldwide, but according to Alzheimer’s Disease International, cases of the disease could reach 135 million by 2050.

Why? Because we are living longer, and dementia generally affects the elderly. What’s troubling about the latest statistics is that by 2050, 71% of dementia patients are expected to be in middle income and poor countries, such as those in South East Asia and Africa, that are not prepared for the surge.

In a report that was released before the G8 dementia summit in London scheduled next week, the researchers say most governments are “woefully unprepared for the dementia epidemic;” only 13 countries have raised funds and begun plans for a dementia program to accommodate the added social support and medical services needed by these patients. Already, dementia care accounts for about 1% of global gross domestic product, at $600 billion, and with more affected people, that number will only balloon.

“All nations that must commit to a sustained increase in dementia research and a comprehensive plan for collaborative action involving all relevant government sectors, industry and civil society,” the authors say, calling dementia one of the biggest global health challenges of this generation.

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BabuG.Ranganathan
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wholefed
wholefed

Two years ago the Mayo clinic released a study showing a direct tie between endothelial nitric oxide and Alzheimer’s. Essentially, nitric oxide protects the endothelium (thin layer of cells that protects the interior of all blood vessels.) The food we eat plays a major role in the health of that lining.

“If you look at any risk factor for cardiovascular disease – the standard risk factors like high cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension, smoking, sedentary lifestyle, aging – all of these have been associated with loss of nitric oxide in the endothelium (the linings of blood vessels), a condition known as endothelial dysfunction.” -Zvonimir S. Katusic, M.D., Ph.D., senior author and professor at the Mayo Clinic.

For years we’ve been hearing that there is a connection between heart health and brain health. “What’s good for the heart is good for the brain” — namely, don’t smoke, get lots of exercise, eat lots of beans & green leafy vegetables, and cut out the fat.

Full post: http://wholefed.org/2012/05/16/dont-forget-plant-based-diet-prevents-alzheimers/

Ian Welch

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eagle11772
eagle11772

It already started years ago since we have The Obamaniac and Harry [G]Reid in power.