The World Alzheimer Report 2014 reveals that over two thirds (68%) of people surveyed around the world are concerned about getting dementia in later life.
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room
The study also reveals that control of diabetes and high blood pressure as well as measures to encourage smoking cessation and to reduce cardiovascular risk, have the potential to reduce the risk of dementia even in late-life. The report found that diabetes can increase the risk of dementia by 50%.
In essence the latest World Alzheimer's Report is telling us what is good for the heart is also good for the brain.
I understand that the predominant thought in the Alzheimer's and dementia communities is that there is really nothing you can do to prevent Alzheimer's. Fifty years ago it was widely believed there was nothing you could do to prevent a heart attack. In addition to good health practices, we now have drugs that can delay or prevent the development of cardiovascular disease.
In the sixth annual World Alzheimer's Report, for the first time, we are starting to get a clearer understanding of the cause and effect of Alzheimer's and related dementia.