Cases of dementia are expected to ‘almost triple’ in the wake of a ‘devastating’ explosion.
According to a shocking new report from the Global Burden of Disease, dementia cases are set to nearly triple globally by 2050, with the UK alone seeing a 75 percent increase in cases.
According to a study, the number of adults living with dementia is expected to nearly triple from 57 million in 2019 to 153 million in 2050.
This, according to researchers, is due to population growth and aging.
They looked at four dementia risk factors: smoking, obesity, high blood sugar, and a lack of education, as well as the impact they’ll have on future trends.
Improved global education access, for example, is expected to reduce dementia prevalence by 6.2 million cases by 2050.
However, rising obesity, high blood sugar, and smoking rates will result in an additional 6.8 million dementia cases.
According to the study, dementia cases will increase in every country, with the smallest increases expected in high-income Asia Pacific (53%) and Western Europe (74%).
According to projections, the fastest-growing regions will be North Africa and the Middle East (367%) and eastern Sub-Saharan Africa (357%).
Dementia cases are expected to rise by 75% in the UK, from just over 907,000 in 2019 to nearly 1.6 million in 2050.
“Dementia is our greatest long-term medical challenge,” said Hilary Evans, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK.
These startling statistics reveal the staggering global prevalence of dementia.
There are already 57 million people living with this debilitating disease, and we need to see concerted global action to prevent this number from doubling.”
Dementia cases are expected to increase by 74% in Western Europe, from nearly eight million in 2019 to nearly 14 million in 2050.
Greece (45 percent), Italy (56 percent), Finland (58 percent), Sweden (62 percent), and Germany (65 percent) are expected to see relatively small increases in cases.
The Global Burden of Disease study, published in The Lancet Public Health, is the first to provide forecasting estimates for adults aged 40 and older in 204 countries around the world.
According to experts, improved educational access could result in six million fewer dementia cases globally by 2050.
They do warn, however, that this decrease may be temporary.
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