5 things you might not know about dementia
Throughout September, the Alzheimer’s Society is raising awareness for dementia with World Alzheimer’s Month. Most of us are aware of how devastating and difficult it can be for families living with this condition. However, here’s five things you might not know about dementia, which affects 850,000 people in the UK alone.
1. There are over 100 types of dementia
Dementia is the broad term used to describe various different conditions, which affect the brain. There’s over 100 types of dementia but Alzheimer’s disease is the most common, accounting for roughly two-thirds of cases.
2. There is a new case of dementia every three seconds
Dementia, as a whole, affects almost 50 million people worldwide. With a new case of dementia occurring somewhere in the world, every three seconds. Here in the UK, there are approximately 850,000 dementia sufferers with half a million of them diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
3. There can be various warning signs
The most typical early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, for example, includes a loss of interest in day-to-day activities, short terms memory problems and difficulty finding the right words. Sufferers may also be low in mood, anxious or irritable and repeat themselves during conversations. Be sure to make an appointment with your GP if you notice these kinds of symptoms in a friend or family member.
4. 5% of Alzheimer’s sufferers are under the age of 65
The onset of dementia is most predominant in those who are over 65 year’s old. However, there are thousands of people in their 40’s, 50’s and early 60’s who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Risk factors for the condition are complex with genetics and of course, age, playing a part but your general health and lifestyle is a big factor too.
5. Homocysteine levels have been linked to the development of Alzheimer’s
Homocysteine is a naturally occurring amino acid, which can be measured in the blood and high levels of this have been associated with a wide range of health conditions. A strong correlation has been shown between a high homocysteine level and your chances of developing Alzheimer’s in later life and the earlier you act, the better.
YorkTest Laboratories provide the only finger-prick homocysteine test available in the UK, which can be taken in the comfort of your own home and sent by post to their laboratory. They can provide both an assessment of your homocysteine level and information on how to reduce this level and lower your risk. To find out more about them and claim your exclusive 10% discount on their services, please click here.
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