Dec 08, 2017
By Jane Brown
As the population ages, the rate of Alzheimer’s disease could increase dramatically.
Researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health in Atlanta used existing data to project that 9.3-million people in the U.S. will have symptomatic Alzheimer’s disease in 2060.
Given this high number and a lack of beneficial treatments, they looked at the potential impact effective preventative measures could have on clinical disease.
The researchers note that, with highly effective prevention that reduces onset of a disease precursor by 50 per cent, the result would be 25 per cent less clinical Alzheimer’s in 2060.
But at this time there are no preventive interventions with that degree of effectiveness. And currently, there are no proven methods or treatments to prevent the disease.
The research is in the journal, Alzheimer’s and Dementia.