Sep 7, 2015 0 Comments in Neurotoxicity by

According to a report by NBC news, based on a study by the University of Washington, Alzheimer’s disease is the fastest growing threat to health in the United States, according to a new report on global death and disease.  Groups like the Alzheimer’s Association have been warning that the U.S. will have to cope with a tsunami of Alzheimer’s disease as the population ages. A report last month projected that the number of patients with this untreatable form of dementia will triple in the next 40 years, to 13.8 million in 2050. The University of Washington team looked at Alzheimer’s trends and found it’s already up 392 percent as a cause of premature death, as measured by years of life lost. As an overall cause of death – how many people die of Alzheimer’s instead of something else – it’s up more than 500 percent [end of report].

Alzheimer’s disease is basically senile dementia. A prominent cause of dementia is neurotoxicity. People with early signs of Alzheimer’s disease or senile dementia should be evaluated by a neuropsychologist experienced in neurotoxicity to identify if household or workplace exposure to toxicants is causing the disease. If a cause can be identified, and proper environmental controls and neurotoxicity treatment (if required) can be instituted, the progression of the disease may be slowed, halted or reversed.

This would be a cost-effective and beneficial way to help reduce the burden of Alzheimer’s disease.

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