More than fifty million people in the world currently suffer from some type of dementia. A disease that refers directly to the loss of memory and other cognitive abilities important enough to hinder the daily performance of those who suffer from it.
One of the keys to its correct treatment is the early detectionHowever, the lack of obvious signs in the beginning complicates the medical work Imagine that a calculator could tell you your risk for dementia?
Science has already made it possible.
Canadian researchers from the Hospital de Ottawa, the University of Ottawa, the Bruyère Research Institute of Canada and the ICES have designed and validated a calculator It enables people 55 and older to better understand their brain health.
In addition, this calculator gives clues about how we can reduce the risk of being diagnosed with dementia in the five years after taking the test.
A breakthrough that opens a new world of possibilities for the early treatment of this disease cognitive.
How the calculator works
They are more than 30% of all preventable dementias correcting habits of our day to day.
To know them and know the risk given the way we live, Canadian scientists have designed this calculator based on more than 75,000 subjects analyzed.
The calculator, which is available free of charge for use online and on the website of Project Big Life, is responsible for analyzing the risk factors to which the patient is exposed daily, among others:
“This tool will give people who complete it clues about what they can do to reduce their personal risk of dementia.” Dr. Peter Tanuseputro, lead author of the study and a scientist at the Ottawa Hospital, a researcher at the Bruyère Research Institute, an adjunct scientist at ICES, and an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa.
The research has been published in the scientific journal Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
There is no treatment for dementia.
For its correct management and reduction of its effects, early detection is essential.
A situation in which, among others, the calculator designed by Project Big Life, can become a fundamental tool to improve the lives of those who will end up suffering dementia.
It is the World Health Organization (WHO) the administration that gives several keys to try to prevent it and, if suffering from it, improve the lives of patients:
The risks of suffering from dementia
Although age is the main risk factor for dementiaThis disease, this cognitive impairment, is not an insurmountable consequence of having a birthday.
So much so that there is 9% of detected cases of dementia that occurs in people under 65 years of age.
We can do things in our day to day to reduce the risk of suffering from dementia:
The depression, the Social isolation and the cognitive inactivity are other factors that increase the risk of suffering from dementia.
The rate of dementia in the world
This disease, dementia, is considered one of the most prevalent in today’s society.
Ten million new cases are detected each year and it is estimated that by 2050, the rate of dementia in the world will have risen to 152 million people.
A figure that by 2030 it will reach 82 million people according to the WHO.
Studies, research and tools that can help reduce the incidence and improve the lives of those with dementia.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.