If four risk factors aren’t addressed, dementia cases are expected to nearly triple by 2050.
Researchers in a new study published in the journal Lancet Public Health warn that unless four risk factors are addressed urgently, dementia cases will nearly triple globally.
Which of the four risk factors are you most vulnerable to?
If no steps are taken to reduce the risk of dementia, it will become even more burdensome in the coming decades.
A major new study published today in the journal Lancet Public Health makes this dire prediction.
According to researchers, the number of adults living with dementia in the world will nearly triple by 2050, from an estimated 57 million in 2019.
Population growth and population ageing, according to researchers, are to blame for this increase.
They identified four dementia risk factors that could increase cases in the coming decades.
According to the researchers, smoking, obesity, high blood sugar, and a lack of education will have a significant impact on future trends.
Improved global education access, for example, is expected to reduce global dementia prevalence by 6.2 million cases by 2050.
However, rising obesity, high blood sugar, and smoking rates are expected to 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%).
The number of dementia cases in the United Kingdom is expected to rise by 75% by 2050, from just over 907,000 in 2019.
The number of dementia cases in Western Europe is expected to increase by 74% by 2050, from nearly eight million in 2019.
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 is the first to offer forecasting estimates for adults aged 40 and older in 204 countries around the world.
The warnings are consistent with previous findings in the Lancet.
The Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention, Intervention, and Care in 2020 looked into 12 potentially modifiable dementia risk factors.
These are a few examples:
The risk factors listed above, according to the commission, account for about 40% of the total.
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