10 Surprising Facts about Alzheimer’sThe Alzheimer's Site
Chances are, you know someone affected by Alzheimer’s disease. You may know one of the 5 million Americans who have this condition, or you may be friends with one of the 15 million regular caregivers who spend 18.1 billion hours of unpaid time caring for those with this debilitating disease. These figures illustrate the importance of finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, but here are 10 surprising facts about Alzheimer’s.
1. Top Form of Dementia
Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia. Dementia means any kind of brain disease that causes cognitive impairment and memory loss. Other types of dementia include Parkinson’s disease, vascular dementia, Huntington’s disease and mixed dementia.
2. Some Risk Factors Make Alzheimer’s Worse or Lead to Alzheimer’s
Heart disease raises your risk of Alzheimer’s, and so can high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. Poor diet and a non-active lifestyle can exacerbate symptoms of the disease.
3. Sixth-Leading Cause of Death
Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. About one in three senior citizens die with some sort of dementia, and around 84,000 people died from Alzheimer’s in 2010.
4. Women Are More Likely To Develop
Nearly twice as many women than men have Alzheimer’s disease. This condition gets worse faster in women than in men, plus the brain gets smaller in women compared to men.
5. Special Cause of Death
This form of dementia is the only one of the top 10 causes of death for which there is no effective treatment or cure, as of February 2017. Scientists are working on a vaccine, and there are ways to lessen the affects of symptoms. However, there is no sure way to prevent, treat or slow the progress of Alzhemier’s.