The first Who

The first Who guidelines for the prevention of dementia

Every year in the world there are 10 million new diagnoses of dementia, with the total number that is expected to reach 152 million in 2050

Remember the Who, which has just published the first guidelines with the directions to prevent the onset of this disease, according to experts, costs 1.1% of global Gdp. People can reduce the risk of dementia with regular exercise, is stated in the guidelines, avoiding smoking and alcohol, keeping under control the weight, pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar, while there is sufficient evidence that the use of supplements, such as those of vitamins B And e, could have an impact. “In the next 30 years the number of people with dementia could triple,” says the Who director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus -. . We must do everything possible to reduce the risk.

The scientific evidence gathered by these guidelines confirm what we suspected for some time, namely that what is good for the heart is also good for the brain”.

The reduction of risk factors, stresses the Organization, must be accompanied by other action areas, from the strengthening of the data collection the interventions on the diagnosis, treatment, and assistance to support people living with the disease and more research and innovation on the theme. The disease is one of the main factors of disability in the elderly, and its cost to society could rise to two trillion dollars a year in 2030.


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