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The Latin American countries in which cases of dementia will increase the most in the coming decades

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By 2050, some 153 million people worldwide could have dementia.

That’s what researchers warn in a recent study published in The Lancet Public Health. In 2019, the figure was 57 million.

The projected increase – almost three times more – is largely due to the aging and increase of the population. But an unhealthy lifestyle also contributes to the problem, experts say.

The high rates of smoking, obesity and diabetes are among the risk factors that urgently need to be addressed and are responsible for part of the largest projection made by the study.

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