Experts note that people’s constant learning efforts keep the brain young, making it the most important weapon against Alzheimer’s.
The incidence of Alzheimer’s disease, which increases proportionally to the aging of the population, is projected to increase twice in 2050.
Experts said that although this disease has been known for many years, interest and awareness of the disease has increased in recent years.
Awareness increases as population ages
Scientists who stated that the aging of society has a lot of influence in the knowledge of the disease; “Although the new level of awareness about this disease has increased in young population societies, this disease has been talked about for years in countries with large elderly populations such as Japan, Germany and America. We’ve grown more aware of Alzheimer’s disease. As society ages, we hear more about the disease, and we will be.”
1 patient appears every 60 seconds
The disease was first noticed by Alois Alzheimer’s in 1907, and then the medical world referred to it as Alzheimer’s, experts said.
“Alzheimer’s disease is an increasingly prevalenced disease in the modern world with the increasing average age with aging. It is currently estimated that every 60 seconds patients will appear, while in 2050 there will be a case of Alzheimer’s dementia every 30 seconds.
While the incidence of breast cancer in women at the age of 65 is 7%, the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease is as high as 17%.”
It’s more common in women.
“Age is the most important reason for the increase in the incidence of Alzheimer’s,” the experts said.
“Although it is slightly more common in women than in men, Alzheimer’s disease occurs in 9-15 out of 100 65-year-olds, 15-20 out of 100 people aged 75 and almost 30-40 in 100 people aged 85.
In this respect, age is the strongest risk factor for the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Especially with advanced age, it may appear more prominently if the person has a history of cardiovascular disease or head impact (trauma).”
2 times higher risk of Alzheimer’s in rural area
Contrary to popular belief, Alzheimer’s is more common in rural areas than in major cities, experts say.
“Although there are many people who prefer to live in a rural area to live in a rural area to live in a family life with low crime rates, less noise, pollution or in a quiet environment, recent research shows that living in a rural area can double the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
The results found that an individual born and raised in villages and suburbs doubled the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease in later life compared to individuals living in the city. This is not the case in many studies,” he says.
The role of environmental factors in Alzheimer’s
Citing genetic and environmental factors in Alzheimer’s, experts say:
“A genetic cause has been identified for all diseases today. Pure genetic causes for Alzheimer’s are less than 1%. Of course, however, however, however we do not know all the genes associated with the disease, we know that genetic causes are responsible for the appearance of it in some people at a very early age.
Just because you carry genes related to a disease doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to get it. However, if bad and negative environmental conditions create a pressure in favor of that disease, the genetic tendency of the lineage can come together to cause the appearance of the disease. What we call environmental pressure can happen in many ways.
This diet, trauma, inhaled dirty air, having other diseases in the person at the same time, low level of education, being using certain drugs in the past, quality, lack of nutrition from many sources and variety, lack of hobby-interest, not exercising, smoking-alcohol habit, type II diabetes, homocysteine elevation, obesity, severe elevation in blood fats, uncontrolled hypertension, chronic depression can be included in these environmental pressure factors.
As it turns out, even if you carry Alzheimer’s disease genes, when you cure environmental bad causes, you either don’t have Alzheimer’s or if it does, you make it appear at a later age and with milder severity.”
Risk factors must be well managed
Since we know many risk factors related to this disease (cardiovascular diseases, smoking, alcohol use, uncontrolled hypertension and diabetes, depression), controlling these risk factors in advance and managing them in partnership with patients and physicians can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s or reduce its severity if it occurs.
Constant learning effort keeps the brain young
Apart from genetic effects, there are interventions that can be made for many risk factors, the experts said. In the early stages, the high level of education of individuals and the constant effort to learn keeps the brain young and is the most important weapon against Alzheimer’s. Reading, playing games, singing, even plenty of travel are important on their own. In addition, aerobic exercise increases the use of blood and oxygen in the brain. It’ll do you good.”
Seafood and fish should be consumed
Healthy eating is essential for anyone without an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, and eating properly long ago is a way to prevent the disease. Although the effect of nutrition in case of disease is small, certain characteristics should still be observed.
But this diet we’re going to talk about is more protective. First of all, it should be fed diets rich in B1, B6, B9, vitamin E and folate. Antioxidant nutrients should also be added to the diet frequently.
It is also important not to forget about essential fatty acids. The word essential means that it is not in the body and should be taken from the outside, and the source of essential fatty acids is seafood and fish.