The number of people suffering from dementia is expected to more than double worldwide in the next 30 years.
Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia affect millions of people worldwide. Nothing can protect us from it conclusively, but taking certain steps in your life can better your odds.
The World Health Organization (WHO) published new guidelines this May for reducing your risk of experiencing cognitive decline and developing full blown dementia.
“In the next 30 years, the number of people with dementia is expected to triple,” said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “We need to do everything we can to reduce our risk of dementia. The scientific evidence gathered for these Guidelines confirm what we have suspected for some time, that what is good for our heart, is also good for our brain.”
The Organization advises incorporating numerous elements into your life to ensure a quality longevity. You should get regular exercise, quit smoking, avoid consuming too much alcohol, keep within a healthy weight and eat a balanced diet. It’s also advised that you strive to do what you can to maintain a healthy blood pressure, and keep yourself within recommended levels when it comes to your cholesterol and blood sugar.
None of this is breaking news. The fact that the WHO acknowledges the difficulty the human race could soon face with such a drastic rise in dementia patients to care for however, is worthy of noting. Best be prepared. According to the WHO’s website, the global costs of caring for people with dementia is estimated to rise to US$ 2 trillion annually by 2030.