Diabetes Found To Be A Significant Risk Factor For Dementia

Diabetes Found To Be A Significant Risk Factor For Dementia
London based Alzheimer's Disease International: The International Federation of Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Societies, Inc., supported by a grant from Bupa, has released its comprehensive and thoroughgoing World Alzheimer Report 2014: Dementia and Risk Reduction An Analysis Of Protective And Modifiable Factors. The paper reviews a wide range of research pertaining to Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and other forms of dementia worldwide, noting that dementia, including AD, remains one of the biggest global public health challenges facing our generation. Dementia is caused by a constellation of progressive illnesses and health/lifestyle conditions that affect memory, thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday activities. It has an insidious onset typically characterized by an initial subtle decline in one or more cognitive functions including memory and reasoning. Dementia mainly affects older people but two to 10% of all cases are estimated to start before the age of 65 years. After this, prevalence doubles with every five year increment in age. Dementia is one of the main causes of dependence and disability at older ages. The report has been produced to inform health promotion and disease prevention strategies. The coauthors have examined critically the evidence for the existence of modifiable risk factors for dementia, focusing in particular on sets of potential modifiable risk factors in four key domains; developmental, psychological and psychosocial, lifestyle and cardiovascular risk factors. They note that although brain damage accumulates and cognitive function declines progressively with age, dementia is not a normal part of aging and most older adults will never
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