Dementia cases worldwide will triple — Action News Now

By 2050, 153 million people worldwide may suffer from dementia, because the aging population and poor lifestyles will affect the health of citizens

A study that predicted the prevalence of dementia, published on Thursday, claimed that within 30 years, the number of people suffering from the disease could triple. Dementia is currently the seventh leading cause of death in the world.

One analyze The research conducted for the Global Burden of Disease Study studied 195 countries and found that many risk factors require urgent measures to prevent the anticipated rise from becoming a reality.

Experts worry that if no action is taken, lifestyle issues, including high smoking rates, obesity and diabetes, as well as an aging and growing population, will lead to a significant increase in dementia cases worldwide.

By 2050, North Africa and the Middle East will have the largest increase of all regions, with the number of cases increasing from about 3 million to nearly 14 million, while the United Kingdom will have the smallest increase, from about 907,000 to 1.6 million.

“We need to pay more attention to the prevention and control of risk factors so as not to cause dementia,” Emma Nichols, the lead author of the study, said, adding that in order to “most influential” government “There is a need to reduce the impact of each country on the main risk factors.”

Even if some progress is made in preventing dementia or delaying its progress, it will bring significant rewards.

Researchers are well aware that this growth is not inevitable and can be reduced with improvements in education and healthcare, noting that positive changes around the world have caused them to lower their estimates by 6.2 million.

According to data from the World Health Organization, dementia mainly affects the elderly and currently affects more than 55 million people worldwide, with 10 million new cases appearing every year.

This disease has physical, psychological, social, and economic impacts on the people affected, as well as caregivers, family members, and other people close to them. As of September, it is the seventh leading cause of death of all diseases and the main cause of disability among the elderly.

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