Dementia Disease Will Increase Three Times According To Research
According to a global study, the number of people with dementia in the world will triple by 2050, reaching 153 million.
According to experts, population growth and prolongation of life expectancy are seen as important reasons for the increase in the number of people with dementia.
Apart from this, smoking, obesity, high blood sugar, low education level are also defined among the most important reasons for the increase in dementia. Dementia is the 7th leading cause of death in the world.
According to the 2019 figures of dementia, which is defined as one of the main causes of physical and psychological disability and addiction among older people, compiled by Washington University scientists, the global bill is around 880 billion dollars.
Most dementia patients are in North Africa and the Middle East
According to the study, the number of dementia patients in the world will increase the most in North Africa and the Middle East. In these regions, an increase of 367 percent is expected by 2050. In Sub-Saharan Africa, the rate will reach 357 percent.
While this rate will increase to 14 million with an increase of 74% between 2019 and 2050 in Western European countries, it will increase to 3.2 million with an increase of 82% in Central European countries and to 5.5 million with an increase of 92% in Eastern European countries.
Emma Nichols, from the Institute for Health Evaluation of the University of Washington, said in a statement about the research in question: “We need to reduce the leading risk factors in each country first. We should encourage healthier eating, more physical exercise, and smoking cessation. There is a need to scale up locally affordable, low-cost programs that support better access to education. We also need to continue investing in research to identify effective treatments to stop, slow or prevent dementia.”
In its report published in 2020, the Lancet Commission announced that 40 percent of dementia cases could be prevented or delayed by eliminating the 12 factors identified.