Alzheimer’s Research UK Reveals Statistics on Disease Incidence

Alzheimer’s Research UK Reveals Statistics on Disease Incidence
According to a new analysis conducted by Alzheimer’s Research UK one in three people born in 2015 will develop Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) during their lifetime. The results suggest an alarming crisis in national health as the population in the United Kingdom ages, and highlights the demand for global efforts to develop new successful treatments for the condition. AD causes the loss of brain cells and leads to an impairment in the brain’s capacity to properly function. The first symptoms of the disease include thinking and memory problems however upon disease progression physical aspects such as walking are also affected. At present, there are no drugs available that can slow or stop disease progression. Age is the most important risk factor for dementia. As the population is aging and life expectancy is increasing, the analysis carried out by the Office of Health Economics examined the number of people born today that could be projected to develop the condition during their lifetime. Parameters such as estimates of life expectancy and incidence of dementia in men and women of different ages were all factors taken into account. Results showed that one in three (32%) individuals (27% of all males and 37% of all females) born in the United Kingdom in 2015 are expected to develop the disease during their lifetime; Findings from a previous investigation conducted by the team showed that a therapy able to delay the onset of dementia by five years would decrease the number of cases of dementia by a third. Alzheimer’s Research UK has recently launched many initiatives with the aim to help speed up the development of new treatments, in
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