Alzheimer's disease has already been deemed the defining disorder of the Baby Boomer generation, and currently affects one out of every eight senior citizens in America, according to the Alzheimer's Association. However, many assume that this medical issue – which is characterized by severe memory loss – is primarily a concern for people in their 70s, 80s or beyond. Unfortunately, a new report has revealed that brain health issues such as Alzheimer's disease are increasingly developing among younger individuals as well.
Scientists from Bournemouth University and the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom have found that deaths related to some form of neurological disorders have surged dramatically in the past few decades, particularly in the United States. They also discovered that more cases of dementia have been diagnosed in people under the age of 55.
"These statistics are about real people and families, and we need to recognize that there is an 'epidemic' that clearly is influenced by environmental and societal changes," said Bournemouth Professor Colin Pritchard, a lead researcher involved with the study.
The increased rates of dementia are not simply due to the fact that people are living longer, "but rather more old people have more brain disease than ever before, including Alzheimer's," Pritchard clarified.
Though no cure has been found for Alzheimer's disease as of yet, certain nutritional compounds, such as curcumin, have been shown to provide memory support and boost overall brain health.
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