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1 in 3 Seniors Dies with Alzheimer’s or a Dementia

Posted Apr 02 2013 10:07pm
Posted on April 1, 2013, 6 a.m. in Demographics Alzheimer's Disease

Today, someone in America develops Alzheimer’s Disease every 68 seconds. By 2050, one new case of Alzheimer’s is expected to develop every 33 seconds, or nearly a million new cases per year, and the total estimated prevalence is expected to be 13.8 million.  The Alzheimer’s Association shared these eye-opening statistics, and more, in its “2013 Alzheimer's disease facts and figures.”  The Report warns that 1 in every 3 senior Americans dies with Alzheimer’s Disease or another type of dementia.  The sixth leading cause of death in the US, Alzheimer’s was reported as the underlying cause of death for 83,894 individuals – people who died from the disease.  Notably however, in 2013, the Report estimates that 450,000 Americans will die with Alzheimer’s – experiencing difficulties with mobility, swallowing properly, forgetting to take their medications, and being less able to communicate health issues with caregivers.  The Report points out that:  “between 2000 and 2010, the proportion of deaths resulting from heart disease, stroke, and prostate cancer decreased 16%, 23%, and 8%, respectively, whereas the proportion resulting from [Alzheimer’s Disease] increased 68%.”

Alzheimer's Association. “2013 Alzheimer's disease facts and figures.”  Alzheimers Dement. 2013 Mar;9(2):208-45.

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Tip #143 - Dangers of Daytime Dozing
A condition in which a person is unable to maintain alertness during the daytime hours, excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) is characterized by a general lack of energy, even after apparently adequate night time sleep.

Researchers from the Hopital Paul Brousse (France) studied 9,294 subjects (60% women), ages 65 years and over, at the study’s start (1999-2001), when 18.7% of participants experienced regular or frequent EDS. After 6 years of follow-up, the team found that EDS was associated with a 33% increased risk of death. In particular, EDS raised the risk of death due to cardiovascular disease by 49%.

Columbia University (New York, USA) researchers correlated excessive daytime sleepiness to an increased risk of stroke. Studying 2,153 men and women, average age 73 years, the team found the risk of stroke to be 2.6-times greater for those who dozed during the day (as compared to those who did not doze). Those who dozed significantly had 4.5-times greater stroke risk. While those who had the most trouble staying awake had the highest stroke risk, the researchers also found that those who dozed moderately had a 60% increased risk of any vascular event.

If you are unusually sleepy during the day, consult an anti-aging physician to identify and correct the underlying cause. Sleep apnea (a disorder in which people stop breathing throughout the night), imbibing excessive amounts of alcohol, and eating a carbohydrate-laden or fatty meal are possible contributors to daytime sleepiness. » MORE
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