Category Archives: Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month: Can Good Oral Health Help Protect Against Alzheimer’s Disease?

The month of June observes Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month recognizing the over 50 million people living with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other forms of dementia worldwide. Organizers of the campaign work to ameliorate a global lack of understanding of neurodegenerative diseases; they strive to inform, educate, and provide support for dementia sufferers and their loved ones.

A growing body of research has been able to identify several factors that may contribute to the development of the condition. Diabetes, hypertension, obesity, depression, cognitive inactivity, and other modifiable risk factors have all been associated with dementia, while many others are under investigation.

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Dietary Flavonoid Intake and Dementia Risk 

Currently, the growing aging population is leading to an unprecedented rise in older Americans. The number of Americans aged 65 years and older is projected to double by 2060, contributing to an increase in the prevalence of age-related diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and related dementias (ADRD). Today, an estimated 5.8 million Americans are living with AD. By 2050, that number is projected to surge to 14 million.

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Emerging Alzheimer’s Disease Therapeutic Slows Decline 

Accounting for up to 80% of all dementia cases, Alzheimer’s disease (AD) currently affects over 50 million people across the globe. With 10 million new cases of dementia diagnosed each year, this number is expected to increase with a steadily rising aging population leading experts to forecast there will be nearly 152 million dementia patients by the year 2050. The significant caregiving and economic burden of this condition necessitate innovations in therapeutics that will enable clinicians to implement effective prevention and treatment methods. Today, the socio-economical cost of dementia is estimated at $1 trillion – and this is expected to double by the end of the decade if rates do not slow down.

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