In the next 50 years, the prevalence of Alzheimer's disease (AD) is expected to quadruple in the US to a rate of 1 in every 45 Americans.
Using data from the literature, the US Bureau of the Census and reported US mortality rates, Dr. Ron Brookmeyer of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and colleagues projected trends in the prevalence of AD over the next 50 years.
They report that in 1997, the estimated prevalence of AD in the US was 2.32 million. By the year 2047, the authors expect that the prevalence of the disease will increase fourfold to become an enormous public health problem.
The growth in the prevalence of Alzheimer's disease results from the aging of the US population.
By the year 2047, the Johns Hopkins researchers estimate that approximately 20% of the US population will be aged 65 years and older.
Am J Public Health 1998;88:1337-1342.
Dr. Mercola's Comment:
Alzheimer's disease is a major problem. It really is the upcoming epidemic. And I also believe it is one of the most frightening things that can happen to a human.
It is not a pretty sight when someone you love and cherish has lost their mind. Fortunately, it is possible to limit most of this problem by rigid application of the dietary guidelines.
Increased insulin levels are probably one of the major contributing factors to this problem. There are many others, of course, such as exposure to heavy metals like aluminum and mercury; but cutting down the grains is one of the main strategies to minimize your risk for developing this illness.