Alzheimer’s disease — the most severe form of dementia — has been all over the news lately… and with very good reason. Current projections suggest that the disease will affect 1 in 4 people in the next two decades.
According to a recent review based on death certificates, published in the journal Neurology, between 1999 and 2014 the death rate from Alzheimer’s increased by 55 per cent — killing more than 93,500 people in 2014… and that’s in the US alone!
In the UK, things aren’t looking any better. Alzheimer’s-related deaths have doubled in Scotland in a decade and the number of people dying from Alzheimer’s disease has soared 30 per cent in the past year. National Records showed more than 1,800 deaths from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in the first three months of 2017.
Judging by these numbers, it looks like Alzheimer’s disease is quickly escalating into a public health crisis… if it is not one already.
In fact, the Neurology study also revealed that Alzheimer’s deaths are grossly underreported on death certificates. In 2010, death certificates showed there were less than 84,000 deaths from Alzheimer’s in the US. However, data shows that after evaluating donated organs from the diseased, the actual death toll attributable to dementia came out to be 503,400!
If this trend of underreporting Alzheimer’s disease-related deaths is accurate, the increase in Alzheimer’s deaths over the past 15 years may in fact be far greater than 55 per cent.
Currently, the US Centre for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death, while the 2014 Neurology study ranked it third.
Whatever the case may be, it is very clear that severe, deadly dementia is rapidly rising, and the medical establishment is no closer to solving the riddle of how to treat it effectively… and they haven’t been for the past 30 years.
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Nature Medicine 20, 415–418 (2014) doi:10.1038/nm.3466
Neurology March 25, 2014 vol. 82 no. 12 1045-1050
Deaths from Alzheimer’s Disease — United States, 1999–2014, published online May 26, 2017 / 66(20);521–526, cdc.gov