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Dementia Deaths Have Doubled in Two Decades

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Alzheimer’s disease — the most severe form of dementia for which there is no effective conventional treatment or cure — currently affects an estimated 5.8 million Americans. By 2050, that figure is projected to hit 14 million
  • The latest report from the National Center for Health Statistics reveals the rate of death from dementia more than doubled between 2000 and 2017, from 84,000 to 261,914
  • This data are based on death certificates, which the CDC admits (and a 2014 study demonstrated) underrepresents the true death toll
  • If changes in your memory or thinking skills are severe enough to be noticed by your friends and family you could be facing mild cognitive impairment, a slight decline in cognitive abilities that increases your risk of developing more serious dementia, including Alzheimer's disease. Early warning signs are discussed
  • A high-fat, moderate-protein, low net-carb ketogenic diet is crucial for protecting your brain health and preventing degeneration that can lead to Alzheimer’s. Other risk factors and suggestions for how to minimize your risk are discussed

Alzheimer's disease — the most common form of dementia for which there is no effective conventional treatment or cure — currently affects an estimated 5.8 million Americans, up from 5.4 million in 2016. By 2050, that figure is projected to hit 14 million.

Research published in 2014 revealed Alzheimer's had risen to the point of being the third leading cause of death in the U.S. For clarification, while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to list Alzheimer's as the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., this ranking is based on death certificates, and the study in question found Alzheimer's was grossly underreported as a cause of death on death certificates.


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