Does diet influence dementia risk? What we know – Medical News Today
Dementia is a leading cause of disability and death worldwide. There is no cure. Recent research has focused on whether diet might influence the risk and progress of dementia. In this Special Feature, Medical News Today assesses the evidence and looks at how you might help reduce your risk of dementia.
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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), dementia affects more than 55 million people worldwide, with 10 million people receiving a diagnosis each year. About 60-70% of people globally with dementia have Alzheimer’s disease, which affects almost 6 million people in the United States.
It may be the third leading cause of death after cancer and heart disease in certain age groups.
With an aging global population, the WHO predicts that the number of people with dementia will rise to 78 million by 2030 and 139 million by 2050.
According to existing research, diabetes, obesity, and heart disease, which can increase the risk of developing dementia, are all rising in number.
The main symptoms of dementia are memory problems, loss of cognitive function and coordination, and personality changes. The most significant risk factor for dementia is aging — more than 90% of people with dementia are over 65 — but other factors are also involved.
There is currently no cure for dementia, and most treatments alleviate symptoms without slowing the progress of the disease. So are there ways reduce to reduce this risk?
Keeping fit and healthy can reduce the risk of dementia — and diet is a large part of keeping fit.
In a comment for MNT, Dr. Christopher Weber, director of global science initiatives at the Alzheimer’s Association, noted that:
“Research looking at the relationship …….